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___ ___ / /__ ___ _ \ \ ___ _ __ _____ _ _ __ / // \\ \ / || | \ \ | \|\ \ \ / ___\| | | | \ \ / ___ \| \ | || | | \ /|| || \ | |/ / | | | | /\\ \ | / \ || \ | || | | \/ || || | | |\ \_ | |__| |_ / / \ \ | ( ) || |\ \| || | | |\__/ | || | | | \_ \ | __ _/| |__/ | | \___/ /| | \ || | | | | || \ / | \ \ | | | | | __ | \ /_| | \ /| |_/ | \ \ \ \/ /____/ / | | | | | | \ | \_____/ \__| \/ | //___/ \_\ \__//______/ \ | \ | / / | \ |/ _ // \| \| \_/ \_/ _____|\____________________________ \\__// _ __ _ __ _ |_____||____________________________\ \__/\ //_\ |_)| / \|_)| \|_ |/ \/\// \| \|__\__/| \|__/__| ~A FAQ/Walkthrough Created By: Croco~ ________________________________________________________________________ This document is copyright (2001 by Croco. Reproduction of this document in part or in whole without the author's consent is strictly forbidden. If the reader wishes to use the FAQ for their personal and private use only, then a copy may be made. This Extensive FAQ/Walkthrough to the PlayStation 2 game Onimusha: Warlords Includes the Following Features: *A Walkthrough to help you with the tough spots in the game. *Lists Describing all of the Weapons, Items, and Special Objects. *An Enemy Guide with techniques for defeating them quickly. *Locations of all the hidden Fluorite Pieces. *Strategies for attaining higher Ranks. *Secrets and Bonuses unveiled. *More! Read On... Contact Me: email@example.com (See Part 5, Section 3 for details) Want a short, to-the-point FAQ that doesn't ruin any of the story? You won't find it here, check out the ONIMUSHA: WARLORDS SPOILER-FREE WALKTHROUGH from Croco. -VERSION HISTORY- ------------------------------------------------------------------------ This FAQ/Walkthrough for Onimusha: Warlords is currently in the Final Version, Created July 24th, 2001 by Croco. Final Version - 7/24/01 At long last, the Final Version of this FAQ creeps around. Included inside is the walkthrough to the Dark Realm, the Oni Spirits Guide, the Rankings Guide, and the rest of the Secrets. Quite a fitting end. Version 1.3 - 6/20/01 After a month-long absence of updates, another one hits the streets, bringing this FAQ to the brink of completion. I'm oh-so-near finishing up everything, but we're not quite there yet. This update includes the entire walkthrough to the East Area (whew! It's a big area), which also finishes off the Items, Files, and Fluorite Locations Indexes. Also included are some new Battle Techniques. Expect the next update to come shortly, and expect it to be the last. Version 1.2 - 5/15/01 Let's take a little look behind the scenes of this FAQ, shall we? Since I'm the only one writing this, I'm just gonna talk about me for a while. Isn't it great? I'm great too. Anyway, I've been working (as in a job) quite a bit lately. I hope to get enough money to buy a new computer. Yay! My current one is a bit on the ancient side, so I can't wait to get the cash for a new one. So, my working has made it a little harder to update frequently, but I've still managed to do it. This update includes a walkthrough for the West Area (only two more areas to go!), as well as updates to the Secrets section, Items Index, Files Index, and Fluorite Index. Finally, thanks to a Mr. Covert, this FAQ has been looked over for mistakes and places where wording could be better. Therefore, if you read something before that was confusing, it should most likely be fixed now. What a wonderful world... Version 1.1 - 5/7/01 A quick update today, nothing more. I'm progressing a little further on the walkthrough with the Keep Underground area, but not much else other than the standard updates to the Fluorite Indez, Files Index, and Items Indexes have been updated. Also, be sure to hit the back button and take a look and my brand-new Onimusha: Warlords Spoiler-Free Walkthrough, designed for getting information quickly and easily. This FAQ/Walkthrough will go into all the details instead. Wait a second, what's going on here? This entire message has been serious. Better go take my temperature. Version 1.0 - 5/2/01 Wa ha ha... Ha Ha Ha! HA HA HA HA!!! My next step in dominating the world is complete. You see, here's how it goes. First I write a bunch of FAQs that everybody likes (OK, maybe everybody doesn't like them... everybody LOVES them). Then, I start planting subliminal messages in them such as "Croco is Your King" or "Give All Your Money to Croco". Then the helpless fools of the online world will be forced into being my slaves. Ingenious, isn't it? Back on the subject of this FAQ (though we were never on it to begin with), this first version includes a walkthrough up to and including the Keep area. Also completed is Parts 1, 2, and 4, and the Dark Realm Guide in Part 3. Also in Part 3, I've started on the Items, Files, and Fluorite Indexes, as well as beginning my coverage of the secrets in the game. Wow, I think this is the longest blurb I've ever written. Go me! ------------------------------------------------------------------------ UPDATE NOTICE: New to the Final Version is the Dark Realm Walkthrough, the Oni Spirits Guide, the Rankings Guide, and the completed secrets section. ________________________________________________________________________ ~TABLE OF CONTENTS~ I. Part 1: Introduction 1. Introduction 2. The Story Behind This FAQ 3. The Story of Onimusha II. Part 2: Basics and Lists 1. Controls & Play 2. Characters 3. Battle Techniques 4. Weapons/Armor List 5. Enemy List III. Part 3: Game Walkthrough 1. Area 1: Nanaragami 2. Area 2: Underground Temple 3. Area 3: South Area 4. Area 4: The Keep 5. Area 5: Keep Underground 6. Area 6: West Area 7. Area 7: East Area 8. Area 8: Dark Realm IV. Part 4: Indexes and Guides 1. Items Index 2. File Index 3. Fluorite Locations Index 4. Secrets 5. Dark Realm Guide 6. Ranking Guide 7. Oni Spirits Guide V. Part 5: Miscellaneous 1. Additional Tips 2. Frequently Asked Questions 3. Contact Info 4. Credits/Other 5. Closing Statement _______________ *: This symbol indicates that this section has been started on, but is currently under completion. Expect more in future updates. **: This symbol indicates that this section has not been started on at all. When it will be started on is usually based on the order it is found on the Table of Contents. : No Marks indicate the section has been completed. ________________________________________________________________________ _ ___/|____|\______________________________________________________| |_ |__|||____||______________________________________________________|_|_\ ||| |/ \___/ ||| ================= PART 1: INTRODUCTION ================= ||| __|||______________________________________________________/|____|||__ /__|_|______________________________________________________||____|||__| /___\ \| ||| | | ||| |_| \| =============== INTRODUCTION =============== 1997... when you think about this bygone year, it seems to be far in the past. Yet, this is the year when work on Onimusha first began. Such a long development cycle, but why? Onimusha has changed, been added to, and transformed numerous times, which explains its lengthy time in the making. News about a ninja version of Resident Evil for the PlayStation first surfaced in 1999. Rumors were flying everywhere about it, and no one was quite sure what to make of it or whether it existed. However, the game most certainly was real. Soon it shifted focus from stealthy ninja fights to powerful samurai combat, which would make for more exciting battles. The game was built using the Resident Evil 2 engine, and everything seemed to be set in motion... until the game was cancelled. Cancelled, that is, for the original PlayStation. Keiji Inafune, the producer of Onimusha and creator of other Capcom legends such as Mega Man, had decided to change the game from appearing on the PSX to the PlayStation 2. The power of the PS2 allowed for better looking character models and larger environments to explore, so the switch certainly was justified. The only downside was that it took a year or two longer to get the game out. So, here we are, now playing a game that has taken four years to create. The enticing swordplay and the interesting adventure envisioned by Inafune years earlier has finally come together in Onimusha: Warlords. ________________________________________________________________________ =============== THE STORY BEHIND THIS FAQ =============== ________________________________________________________________________ I welcome myself back to the world of FAQ writing with this FAQ. The last time I submitted a new FAQ was way back in December. Throughout these past months, I've been wavering between stopping writing and continuing on, not sure which option was better. As this new FAQ shows, I have chosen to go on with my writing. I've refound an interest in writing, and am very pleased to return. So, what better way to come back than with an FAQ for perhaps the PlayStation 2's best game, Onimusha Warlords. This is really a historic event for me, as it marks my first FAQ for a game that doesn't appear on a Nintendo system. I've recently stolen a PS2 from a deaf war widow (hey, remember how desperate you were/are to get a PS2?) and have put quite a few games through their paces. Onimusha, on the other hand, I've decided to purchase and write an FAQ for. For those of you that may actually care (if you've read this much of this section, you must), I've decided to permanently switch to the five-part FAQ introduced with my last FAQ. The Game Walkthrough and other main parts of the game are now separate. So, sit back and try to find your way through this mess I call an FAQ. This is part of history, folks. Experience it yourself! ________________________________________________________________________ =============== THE STORY OF ONIMUSHA =============== ________________________________________________________________________ Guess what? For the five millionth time in video game history, you have to save the princess who's been captured by evil monsters! Of course, this game doesn't exactly follow the same formula all the other hackneyed stories have in the past. One of the most interesting parts of Onimusha is that the basis of the story is built off of actual historic events that happened in Japan. The first two paragraphs you read below are completely true, real-life happenings, while the rest is fiction made up by Capcom. The twist of fantasy and non-fiction makes the story all the better. EIROKU 3 (AD 1560), SUMMER... Yoshimoto Imagawa, a powerful warlord of Suruga, leads an immense army from Suruga toward Kyoto (in those days the capital of Japan). Yoshimoto's ambition is to unify Japan and crown himself its sole king. On the march, the army halts in the plain of Okehazama in Owari to rest for the night. This changes Yoshimoto's - and Japan's - destiny forever. A troop of only 2,000 soldiers, led by Nobunaga Oda, a warlord of Owari, makes a surprise attack on Yoshimoto's camp. In a desperate battle, Nobunaga's legions defeat the invaders and slay Yoshimoto (this historical event is known as the Battle of Okehazama). Just as Nobunaga is exulting in his victory, an arrow from one of Yoshimoto's soldiers pierces his throat. He falls to the ground in a death struggle. A young man watches this from a remote hill. His name is Samanosuke Akechi. He is marked by destiny. ONE YEAR LATER... Strange incidents are occurring in Inabayama Castle in Mino prefecture. Soldiers and workers are disappearing without a trace. Worried by these inexplicable events, Princess Yuki sends a plea for help to Samanosuke. At once, he races to the castle. But he arrives too late. Yuki has been kidnapped! At the same time, enemy troops are attacking the castle. Leading the army - risen from certain death and astride a fierce warhorse - is Nobunaga! It's time for action! Samanosuke vows to rescue Yuki with the help of his [female ninja partner] Kaede and defeat Nobunaga and his army of demon warriors. ________________________________________________________________________ _ ___/|____|\______________________________________________________| |_ |__|||____||______________________________________________________|_|_\ ||| |/ \___/ ||| =============== PART 2: BASICS AND LISTS =============== ||| __|||______________________________________________________/|____|||__ /__|_|______________________________________________________||____|||__| /___\ \| ||| | | ||| |_| \| =============== CONTROLS AND PLAY =============== The control style for Onimusha is pretty tricky (and by that I mean stupid), so it'll take a little while to get used to. Below are the controls for the game. Also, the basic concepts and parts of the game are listed in this section. ~CONTROLS~ - Directional Buttons: Up: Run Forward, Step Forward (hold R1 button) Down: Run Backward, Step Backward (hold R1 button) Left/Right: Turn Left/Right, Sidestep (hold R1 Button) - X Button: Check Area, Open Chest, Confirm Menu Selections - O Button: Use Gauntlet (absorb souls) - Square Button: Attack - Triangle Button: Use Magic Attack, Cancel Menu Selections - L1 Button: Block, Switch Inventory Menu - R1 Button: Hold for Alternate Movements (in conjunction with the directional buttons), Switch Inventory Menu - L2 Button: Take Panda Head On/Off (only with Samanosuke Extra) - R2 Button: Turn Around - Start Button: Open Inventory - Select Button: Open Main Menu - L3 Button: No Use - R3 Button: Display Map - Left Analog Stick: No Use - Right Analog Stick: No Use ~GAME BASICS~ -VITALITY AND MAGIC- At the top of the screen, there are two bars. One shows Samanosuke's vitality, or how much life he has left. As he is hurt by enemies, his vitality will be depleted. When the bar flashes, vitality is dangerously low. If all his life is gone, you will die and must restart at the last save point. The magic bar is right below the vitality bar. Whenever Samanosuke uses a powerful magic attack, magic is used. When the bar flashes, the amount of magic is too low to perform a magic attack. -ABSORB SOULS- Using the Gauntlet you receive near the beginning of the game, you can absorb the souls of the enemies you defeat. Almost every enemy, once killed, will leave behind one or more souls. There are three different colors: red, yellow, and blue. Red souls will allow you to enhance weapons, orbs and items at magic mirrors (see below). Yellow souls will replenish some of your vitality. Blue solves will refill some magic. Souls come in different sizes. Larger souls give you increased benefits, but take longer to absorb onto the gauntlet. Red souls are the most abundant. -FINDING FILES- Throughout your quest, you will find certain documents called files. Files serve no purpose in beating the game, but will introduce interesting stories or help to clarify what is going on. -ENHANCE WEAPONS/ORBS/ITEMS- When you come to Magic Mirrors, one of the options is to enhance your weapons, orbs, or items. By using the red souls collected by defeating enemies, you can increase the power of the things you desire. What you can change is listed below, along with how many souls it costs to do it. - Enhance a Weapon to Level 2: 3,000 souls required - Enhance a Weapon to Level 3: 6,000 souls required - Enhance an Orb to Level 2: 2,000 souls required - Enhance an Orb to Level 3: 4,000 souls required - Enhance a Herb into a Medicine: 1,000 souls required - Enhance a Normal Arrow to a Fire Arrow: 100 souls required - Enhance a Normal Bullet to a Burst Bullet: 200 souls required - Enhance Gauntlet to Level 2: Absorb 20,000 souls - Enhance Gauntlet to Level 3: Absorb 50,000 souls The enhancement of items is critical in completing the game. ________________________________________________________________________ =============== CHARACTERS =============== ________________________________________________________________________ The story of Onimusha is told through a variety of colorful characters. Some are trying to support Samanosuke in his search for Princess Yuki, some are innocent bystanders unaware of what is going on, and some are evil creatures involved with the demons. Below are descriptions and information on all of the characters. -SAMANOSUKE AKECHI- Age: 24 years old Clan Involvement: Saito Description: A master swordsman who travels across Japan seeking his rival. Often perceived as a passionless soldier because of his quiet ways, Samanosuke is actually a hot-blooded warrior with a noble sense of justice. Samanosuke is the Japanese warrior whom you will take control of over most of the game. He is a long-time friend of the Saito clan, and in particular Princess Yuki, though recent events have forced him to leave. When he receives a letter from Yuki asking him to come, he does not hesitate. However, when he arrives, he finds the Princess is missing and decides he must be the one to find her. The young warrior is very skilled at using a variety of weapons, from swords to bows to even guns. -KAEDE- Age: Unknown Clan Involvement: None Description: An expert kunoichi (female ninja), Kaede was originally sent by the Iga ninjas to assassinate Samanosuke. Instead, she developed absolute trust in him and joined him as his confidant. Kaede is Samanosuke's partner throughout this ordeal. You'll have the opportunity to control her a few times in the adventure. She specializes in using a dagger and throwing knives. She also has a special Shinobi kit that allows her to break open certain doors that Samanosuke cannot. However, she cannot use magic like Samanosuke, so many places requiring orbs to enter are off limits. The pair often stays separated to get more done at once. -YUKI- Age: 19 years old Clan Involvement: Saito Description: Yuki is the sister of Yoshitatsu, the master of Inabayama Castle and Samanosuke's cousin. She becomes aware of strange events in the castle and sends an SOS to Samanosuke. But before he arrives, she is mysteriously kidnapped. Princess Yuki is the person that you're trying to rescue in your quest. While the motive for her kidnapping is unknown at first, it soon becomes apparent that the demons have large plans for Yuki. -YUMEMARU- Age: 12 years old Clan Involvement: Saito Description: An enigmatic orphan discovered by Samanosuke while looking for Yuki in the castle. Yumemaru is the adopted brother of Princess Yuki. He cares very much about Yuki, and bravely enters the Keep to try and save her. However, being only 12 years old and facing hordes of demons, his chances are very slim. -NOBUNAGA ODA- Age: Unknown Clan Involvement: Oda Description: An exceptional warlord who aspires to unify Japan. With the victory against Imagawa in Okehazama, he rides a tidal wave of success. Though he was once thought dead, Nobunaga's acts have now become extremely heartless and cruel. Nobunaga is one of the evil characters in the game. In order to be resurrected and to have more power, he has made a deal with the demons. He is now wreaking havoc over the Japanese countryside, and things just look worse and worse. It's up to Samanosuke to stop him and the demons. -TOKICHIRO KINOSHITA- Age: Unknown Clan Involvement: Oda Description: One of Nobunaga's high-ranking generals, Kinoshita has the warlord's complete trust. Though he has sworn absolute loyalty to Nobunaga, the only thing Kinoshita truly cares about is his own advancement in the ranks of power. Tokichiro, referred to by some as the "monkey man", is a small warrior that tries to persuade Samanosuke to join the Oda clan... sometimes through talking and sometimes through force. -GUILDSTERN- Age: Unknown Clan Involvement: Demons Description: None Guildstern is a high class demon who spends his time making bizarre creations. He uses these creations to attack humans, and several times Samanosuke. You'll cross paths with this evil demon several times. ________________________________________________________________________ =============== BATTLE TECHNIQUES =============== ________________________________________________________________________ The swordplay in Onimusha is certainly the biggest aspect of the game, and if you don't learn how to master it, you'll either find yourself fleeing or dying a lot. Here are some handy techniques that can enhance your skills in combat. ~BLOCKING~ What many newcomers to Onimusha fail to realize is that blocking attacks with your sword can be the best form of defense. Almost every enemy attack can be blocked, with the exceptions of projectiles and magic. To block, simply press L1. Be careful, however, because after you block one attack, you're vulnerable for a second from a subsequent hit. Therefore, blocking isn't ideal for fighting multiple enemies or defending a two-part attack. Blocking makes taking down stronger demons much easier. ~DODGING~ Agility may seem to be an important part of fighting, but it unfortunately isn't. Most of your fighting will be done in narrow corridors or places without much space to move about. Also, most enemies have attacks that cover a wide range from left to right. This essentially makes sidestepping worthless. Backing up, however, is a very advisable strategy. A quick retreat can get you away from the weapons of attacking monsters. See the next technique for more hints on backing up. ~HIT AND RUN~ For the larger, slower demons (ranked middle class), this is a very good strategy to use. First, move in close to the enemy and pull off a couple hits, then back up to get out of the way of the enemy's weapon. After they attack, run in for a few more hits, then flee once more. Continue this until they are defeated. This is particularly useful against groups of large demons. ~COMBOS~ Combos are great against the smaller demons, as they will either kill the demons quickly or knock them down. A combo starts out with two normal swings from your sword, then a final, more powerful blow. Low class demons will be knocked back by an attack, so three swift chops from a sword will make sure they can't react. For larger demons, combos don't tend to be as helpful, because they are not knocked back. ~KICKING~ Kicking is an extremely underestimated and underused technique in battles. Kicking will knock over most small enemies, which will not only allow you to concentrate on others in large battles, but will also put them in prime position for a quick ground stab. For larger enemies, it will stun them for a second, buying you some time to run away or get set up for an attack. Kicking doesn't do much damage, but it is a powerful part of your arsenal. ~PROJECTILES AND MAGIC~ Magic attacks and projectiles, such as arrows and bullets, should be used sparingly. With proper battle skills, you can defeat even the toughest demons without ever using magic or projectiles. However, when facing a group of monsters, you may want to consider using one of these things to thin out their ranks a bit. Using projectiles/magic against bosses is recommended, though. ~MULTIPLE HITS~ Conveniently, your sword can go right through an enemy and hit another (it doesn't stop when it makes contact with an enemy). This allows you to hit several enemies at once. Go for groups of demons bunched close together so that you can hurt many at a time. ~GROUND STAB~ Besides magic, the ground stab is probably the most powerful attack in the game. When an enemy is on the ground, you can plunge your sword into them as they try to get up. Not only does this look super-cool, it will also almost always instantly kill the enemy. Because of this, getting enemies on the ground is the best thing you can do. Try kicking and using combos to get them in this position. Also, if two enemies are on the ground right next to each other and you position your stab just right, it may go through both of them at once. Sweet. ~STAB AND UPWARD SLICE~ ~STRIKE~ The strike attack shouldn't be relied upon as timing everything just right every time is nearly impossible. However, no move is as powerful as the strike. Right before an enemy attacks, there is a tiny sliver of time that they are vulnerable. If you hit the attack button at this time, Samanosuke will dash forward and perform a brutal hit on the enemy. You'll know you did it by the yellow flash on the screen. Very effective, but hard to pull off. ~KAEDE'S ATTACKS~ While most of Kaede's moves are similar to Samanosuke's, she does have a few unique moves to her arsenal. As a kunoichi, she is very quick. Her moves reflect this speed. These unique attacks are all activated by utilizing the R1 button. If you Hold R1 and hit attack while next to an enemy, you'll flip over them. Press R1 while directly behind them and Kaede will slit their throat. If you press R1 and tap back, she'll do a backflip. These moves of speed are what separates Kaede from Samanosuke, and partially make up for her weak attacks. ________________________________________________________________________ =============== WEAPONS/ARMOR LIST =============== ________________________________________________________________________ This section is comprised of a list of all the weapons and armor you can acquire in the game. With each weapon comes descriptions, notes on its performances, and any magic and/or enhancements that you can obtain for it. ---~WEAPONS LIST KEY~--------------------------------------------------- 1. Name: The name of the weapon. 2. Magic Attack: The magic attack that the weapon performs. 3. Attack Power: Either Very Weak, Weak, Medium, or Strong, this tells how much damage will be inflicted on enemies compared to other weapons. 4. Magic Power: Either Weak, Medium, Strong, or Very Strong. This tells how much damage will be inflicted on enemies compared to other weapons' magic. 5. Enhancements: Any form of improving or changing the weapon. 6. Description: A description of the weapon. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ===== WEAPONS LIST ===== -NORMAL SWORD- Magic Attack: None Attack Power: Weak Magic Power: N/A Enhancements: None Description: This is a common sword that a warrior uses. The basic sword. You will start your quest with this in your inventory. It is very weak and even the demons with the least vitality will take time to defeat with the Normal Sword. It has no magic powers. Only use this sword until a better one becomes available. -RAIZAN- Magic Attack: Thunderbolt Attack Power: Medium Magic Power: Strong Enhancements: Enhance Up to Level 3 Description: This will enable you to use the sword with the power of thunder. The Raizan is the first of the three magical swords you'll collect and use most through your journey. The Raizan harnesses the power of thunder. Its power is fair, and you can swing it at a slightly increased pace. The Raizan is the good "standard" weapon of the magical swords. Its magic, however, surpasses that of any other. The many slashes with an electrically charged sword and the huge thunderbolt (which increases in size with your sword level) will do incredible damage to the enemy, sometimes even incinerating them. For magic, no other weapon beats it. For strength and speed, it's just average. You can raise its level up to Level 3 with the power of the red souls you collect, which makes it increasing powerful. -ENRYUU- Magic Attack: Flame Wave Attack Power: Strong Magic Power: Medium Enhancements: Enhance Up to Level 3 Description: This will enable you to use the sword with the power of fire. The sword of fire, powered by the fire orb Kouen, is a long, heavy blade that is sharp on both sides. This is the most powerful of the three magic swords. The magic attack is pretty good as well; a line of flame is shot out in front of Samanosuke. Another plus is its long reach. However, it swings more slowly than the other swords, making it less desirable for battles against quicker enemies. -SHIPPUU- Magic Attack: Tornado Gust Attack Power: Medium Magic Power: Weak Enhancements: Enhance Up to Level 3 Description: This will enable you to use the sword with the power of wind. The Shippuu, formed by the wind orb Arashi, is the last and most unique of the magic swords. In fact, it's not really a sword. Instead, you hold it in the center and swing the blades on either end at your enemies. You will attack with both blades when you attack, but thankfully, this is the fastest-swinging sword. Unfortunately, though, the Shippuu is quite weak. The magic it performs also varies from the others. A large twister is formed and hits enemies caught within it multiple times. This is great for getting large groups of enemies that are crowding you off your back, but is less effective when attacking a single enemy. -BOW- Magic Attack: None Attack Power: Strong Magic Power: N/A Enhancements: Enhance Normal Arrow to Flame Arrow Description: This small Bow is about 6 feet long. The bow is the first projectile weapon you receive. Not only does it allow you to stay out of range of most enemies' attacks, but the bow is quite powerful. The only real drawback is that your ammo supply is limited. It also takes a quick moment to prepare the arrow, but it is hardly noticeable. Normal arrows can be upgraded into more powerful fire arrows. -MATCHLOCK- Magic Attack: None Attack Power: Strong Magic Power: N/A Enhancements: Enhance a Bullet to a Burst Bullet Description: This 18.4 mm caliber gun is constructed in Sakai. Thought you'd finally be playing a Resident Evil-type game without guns? Think again. The Matchlock is even more powerful than the Bow, and is used about the same way. When the Bullets are upgraded to Burst Bullets, they are more effective and sometimes hit other enemies as well. Like the Bow, ammo is limited. -KNIFE- Magic Attack: None Attack Power: Very Weak Magic Power: N/A Enhancements: None Description: This is Kaede's favorite weapon. Its blade is very short. When you want a weapon that sucks really bad and takes forever to kill anything, the Knife is your best choice. Only Kaede uses it, and Samanosuke is smart to stay away from the incredible weakness of the weapon. The knife does little damage and takes many swipes to kill even the weakest demons. -SACRED KNIFE- Magic Attack: None Attack Power: Weak Magic Power: N/A Enhancements: None Description: Knife for Kaede. This knife has the power to dispel demons. The Sacred Knife is much more powerful than the Regular Knife, but still weak compared to Samanosuke's weapons. However, after using the incredibly weak Knife, the Sacred Knife will seem excellent. A must for Kaede. -KUNAI- Magic Attack: None Attack Power: Medium Magic Power: N/A Enhancements: None Description: A good weapon for Kaede to throw at a target! Though not as powerful as the Bow or Matchlock, the Kunai is a rather powerful weapon that'll help the weak Kaede kill some of the tougher enemies. It is used and thrown much like the Bow and Matchlock, but doesn't take much time to get ready. Since you don't have any reason to conserve this weapon, use it whenever the need arises. -BISHAMON SWORD- Magic Attack: Dark Spin Attack Power: Very Strong Magic Power: Strong Enhancements: None Description: This powerful sword has been sealed by the demons. This is the most powerful sword in the game. It's too bad that you can't get it until the very end. This sword kills weaker demons in one swipe and stronger demons in a couple more. Its strength is unparalleled by any other weapon. Conveniently not using any magic, a strong spinning attack can be performed, too. To get this weapon, you first must collect the Bishamon Ocarina on the very last level of the Dark Realm. After getting this, head into the Evil Gate. Right next to the magic fountain after the boss is a black patch of wall. Play the Ocarina and enter to get the Bishamon Sword. ===== ARMOR LIST ===== -NORMAL ARMOR- Found: Equipped from Beginning Description: This generic armor is coated with Japanese lacquer. This maroon armor is the type you'll start out with. It offers the least protection from enemy attacks. Like the Normal Sword, you'll have to put up with it until you find better items. -HOLY ARMOR- Found: The Keep Description: The Ogres created this armor. It can help to keep thieves away. The Holy Armor shines with a brilliant gold. It can be found in the first room of traps on the third floor of the Keep. It offers slightly better protection than the Normal Armor. Also, it prevents Skull Clouds from sucking away you're the souls you've collected. -GREAT ARMOR- Found: East Area Description: This armor was used by the Ogres and is very powerful. The best and most protective armor in the game. It is maroon with gold lining. It can be found in a Trick Treasure Box behind the waterfall in the East Area. ________________________________________________________________________ =============== ENEMY LIST =============== ________________________________________________________________________ Below is a reference that will tell you everything about the enemies in Onimusha including their attacks, speed, power, demon class, description, and information on how to defeat them quickly. ---~ENEMY LIST KEY~----------------------------------------------------- 1. Name: What the enemy will be referred as in this FAQ. In most cases, this isn't an official name, but I don't care. 2. Description: A basic description of what the enemy looks like (so you know which one I'm talking about if the name didn't help) 3. Class: For enemies, this is either low or middle. Middle class demons are noticeably stronger than the lower class. If you wanted to know, High class demons are only bosses and characters like Guildstern. 4. Attack(s): What attacks the enemy has. 5. Power: Either Weak, Medium, or Strong. This is based on how much of your vitality is depleted from an attack. 6. Speed: How fast the enemy moves around, either Slow, Moderate, Fast, or Very Fast. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ -DEMON WARRIOR- Description: Basic Demons with Swords Class: Low Attack(s): Sword Slash Power: Weak Speed: Slow Demon warriors are the easiest and least threatening of all the monsters in Onimusha. Their bodies appear to consist of rotting flesh and bones, which gives them a look in between zombies and skeletons. They are slow to attack and will usually wait until you're finished attacking others before they move in. They can be defeated very easily, and will very rarely get a hit on you. Sometimes they climb up from lower places to surprise you, but their slow speed forfeits any benefits of the sudden appearance. -BLADE DEMON- Description: Fast, Three-Eyed Demons with Right Bladed Arm Class: Low Attack(s): Blade Swipe, Blade Charge Power: Weak Speed: Fast This quick demon focuses mainly on the element of surprise. They tend to leap from nowhere to initiate an attack, and continue the surprises with astonishing leaps. However, they don't attack as much as they should, making them rather easy to defeat. The greatest challenge is hitting them. Their Blade Swipe attack is their basic chop, while they perform the quick and deadly Blade charge when you're vulnerable (when absorbing souls, etc.). They're easy to defeat, and even in groups they pose little threat, but beware when they're coupled with middle class demons. -SPIKED DEMON- Description: Small Monster Demon with Spiked Back Class: Low Attack(s): Blade Chop, Spike Roll Power: Weak Speed: Slow (Fast when rolling) Spiked Demons are one of the most monster-like demons you'll find, as it appears to be more of a creature than a humanoid. They carry around long-bladed knives, which they don't tend to use very much, and move very slowly due to their short legs. However, don't underestimate their speed. Their favorite and more powerful attack is the Spike Roll, where they come spinning at you. If you get in the way, you'll get torn up by the spikes. This is especially dangerous when they begin a Spiked Roll the second they appear, giving you no time to react. Thankfully, a blocking stance with your sword is all it takes to defend this attack. -SAMURAI DEMON- Description: Tall, Armor Clad Demon with Sword Class: Middle Attack(s): Sword Slash, Upward Slash, Double Slash, Choke of Death Power: Medium (Choke of Death Strong) Speed: Slow Samurai Demons are the slowest-moving enemy in the game, but their large size and tendency to crowd up narrow passages can create a big pain. Their attacks are nothing to scoff at, either. Samurai Demons use their sword mostly for attacking, and sometimes will even perform a Double Slash that may catch you when you aren't blocking. The most devastating attack they have, though, is the Choke of Death, which will suck away your life like crazy. They often times extend their gangly arms when you approach and lift you up in the air, slowly sucking away your life. You must avoid getting in this position at all costs. Therefore, the Hit and Run strategy is best for Samurai Demons. Pull in one or two swings, then retreat until it is safe to go back. Kicking will momentarily stun them, but not for long enough to do any good. -MINOTAUR DEMON- Description: Humongous Horned Demon with Axe Class: Middle Attack(s): Axe Swing, Downward Axe Swing, Axe Swing Combo Power: Strong Speed: Slow The giant Minotaur Demons are probably the most annoying enemy in the game. They're slightly faster than Samurai Demons, and pack even more strength. The worst thing about them, though, is the incredible range of the axe. This makes the Hit and Run tactic useless. The only safe way of fighting these guys is to take them out quickly with magic. Thankfully, they show up so rarely that it won't be that wasteful to use magic whenever you come across them. You can block most of the Minotaur Demon's axe attacks, but usually when you do they'll pull the Axe Swing Combo, which will get Samanosuke out of the blocking stance right before another devastating swing is taken. If you leave them alone for a while, they may even throw their axe at you, then take out a large cleaver-type weapon. They just won't leave you alone, so kill them quickly using powerful attacks. -SKULL CLOUD- Description: Cluster of Flying Skulls Class: N/A Attack(s): Hand Grab Power: N/A Speed: Moderate Skull Clouds can't hurt you at all physically, but they can take away the fruits of your labor as well as stall you. Whenever there are souls floating around, they suck them in so you can't get 'em. With a Level 2 or higher Gauntlet, however, you can usually overpower the force of their pull. To get the souls back, you must defeat them. Try using an overhead swing (do a three-hit combo) to hit them. Wind magic, Arrows, and Bullets also work, but at most times aren't worth using up. If you wait to long, the Skull Clouds may disappear, taking the souls with them. On very rare occasions, when you stand still under them, they will grab your hand and hold you in place for other enemies. During this time they will also suck away magic and red souls you've absorbed. -REYNALDO- Description: Tentacled, Large-Eyed Demon Class: Low Attack(s): Tentacle Tunnel, Tentacle Slap, Tentacle Grab & Stab Power: Medium Speed: Slow Reynaldo are freakish creatures created by the insane demon Guildstern. He first unleashes them on you in the Drained Moat. Reynaldo use their long tentacles to help them in every attack. The Tentacle Tunnel is very annoying, especially when fighting groups. They send out one of their tentacles underground to grab your foot and hold you in place, giving others a free hit while you struggle to get free. You can tell where the tentacles are by locating a white mist that forms above them when they are underground. These tentacles may also lash around, hurting Samanosuke. The Tentacle Grab & Stab is a rare but powerful move where the Reynaldo hooks you onto its tentacle, pulls you in, and stabs you with a spike it has on its body. When knocked down for the first time, the Reynaldo is usually split in two. These two parts become two separate Reynaldo, making this guy all the more lovable. Be sure the other is not getting up when you start ground stabbing one, or you'll be vulnerable. -DEMON ARCHER- Description: Demon Warrior with a Bow Class: Low Attack(s): Bow Shot Power: Medium Speed: N/A The stationary Demon Archer is the biggest pain in the... um... neck, you'll encounter. While their vitality is practically nothing, their arrows are both accurate and harmful. They usually perch themselves up on higher ground and continue to send a shower of arrows down upon you while you're fighting others. If they're on the same level, kill the Demon Archers before any other enemies. If they're higher or lower, the only thing you can use to kill them is Arrows or Bullets, which isn't worth it. If you keep moving, thankfully, they usually miss, so keep running if you don't have arrows to waste. -CLOAKED DEMON- Description: Invisible, Tall Demon Class: Middle Attack(s): Boomerang, Jump Boomerang, Swipe Power: Medium Speed: Moderate For being invisible, Cloaked Demons are actually not that tough. All of their simple attacks can be blocked, so wait around until they attack you, then respond with as many sword slices as you can get in before they disappear. When invisible, the air around them ripples, so pay attention and you can find where they are. Sometimes they leap into the ground, move to a certain spot, and spring up with the Jump Boomerang attack. Right before they spring up, if you can find where they are, you can smash your sword into their skulls with a ground stab. This is a bit risky, but oh so sweet when you do it successfully. When multiple Cloaked Demons come together, things can get challenging. -NINJA DEMON- Description: Fast, Darkly Clothed Demon Class: Low Attack(s): Slice, Needle Throw Power: Medium Speed: Very Fast The lightning-fast Ninja Demons appear out of nowhere and don't leave you alone until one of you are dead. Their shadow move is pretty cool. They leap over you super quickly and attack. If you can hit the shadow at the starting position fast enough, the jump will never take place, but if you miss, it usually means depletion of your vitality meter. Their other attack is throwing three blades in a column at you with the Needle Throw. Although Ninja Demons are speedy, the small space of most areas make them easy to kill. -SHIELDED SAMURAI DEMON- Description: Samurai Demon with a Shield Class: Middle Attack(s): Sword Slash, Upward Slash, Double Slash, Choke of Death Power: Medium Speed: Slow Go back and read the description for the Samurai Demon. Done? Now add to all that the ability to block your attacks with a shield. Oh, what a peachy world! You can slowly wittle away at their shield until you break it into a thousand tiny pieces, or you can attack following an attack by them. Don't let the shield they carry fool you, though, as they are still capable of using the Choke of Death. Magic can be very useful in situations like this. -HECUBITES- Description: Insect Demon with Huge Jaws Class: Low Attack(s): Jaw Chomp Power: Medium Speed: Moderate Hecubites are insect-like creatures that attack using their beetle-like mouths. They are the spawn of their queen, Hecubus. Hecubites have very thick skin and are quite a pain to take out. They usually require multiple attacks to kill, even when using a Level 3 sword. Fortunately, the other Hecubites usually don't bother you when you're fighting another. My personal (and much cooler) name for this enemy is the "Mantis Demon". ________________________________________________________________________ _ ___/|____|\______________________________________________________| |_ |__|||____||______________________________________________________|_|_\ ||| |/ \___/ ||| =============== PART 3: GAME WALKTHROUGH =============== ||| __|||______________________________________________________/|____|||__ /__|_|______________________________________________________||____|||__| /___\ \| ||| | | ||| |_| \| You have now entered Part 3 of the FAQ. Part 3 will extensively cover every aspect of the game. The walkthrough is split up into 8 areas, one for each map you get in the game. Not each walkthrough for an area only covers that area. You'll need to do some backtracking and will find some new parts of old places in this game, and it is still listed in chronological order. This part is set up as a walkthrough with lots of reading, but I realize that searching through piles of text to find the little piece you want can be annoying. Therefore, I'm trying to make it as easy as possible for you to find what you want. Aren't I nice? Finally, even things covered in other areas (such as the Fluorite Guide) will be found in the walkthrough, as it lists convenient times to get the things. OK, that's it. On with the walkthroughs, then! __ _______________________________________________________________ __ | |\______________________________________________________________/| | |--|/ \|--| | | =============== AREA 1: NANAMAGARI =============== | | |--|\______________________________________________________________/|--| |__|/______________________________________________________________\|__| Nanamagari is a small area in the game, found right outside Princess Yuki's residence. This is really the only place in the game that seems rather bright and friendly. However, this doesn't mean you won't be fighting anything in your trip through the Japanese countryside. Bodies litter the ground from recent attacks, and most of the humans are hiding from the demons that have invaded the peaceful fields. Your search for Princess Yuki begins here. ===== THE BEGINNING ===== You will start out right outside the gate of Princess Yuki's residence with Kaede. A guard will instruct you to take one of the two paths. Kaede will head down the path to the west while you take the one to the north. If you're not familiar with the controls of Onimusha, use this first screen to get used to them. There won't be a lot of chances to casually walk around later. Follow the path and you'll find Princess Yuki. Two Blade Demons are guarding her. You won't be able to kill them, but fend them off until they run away. Now go get Yuki. Wow, that was a quick game, huh? Of course, things aren't as simple as carrying the princess home again, as a huge horned demon named Osric will appear. Samanosuke will try to defend Yuki, but will fail. As Osric escapes with Yuki, a clan of Ogres who wish to fight the demons give Samanosuke the gauntlet that can absorb souls. After watching pretty much everything that's happened up to this point, the game will finally start to shift to your control now. ===== THROUGH THE COUNTRYSIDE ===== Save your game outside the gate, then continue down the path. After crossing the bridge, you'll find two guards fighting a group of four Demon Warriors. Defeat the four monsters and enter the building at the end of the path. When you reach the other end of the building, more Demon Warriors will approach from behind. A group of humans will lock you out in order to save themselves, so turn around and kill the demons. When they are gone, the humans will let you through, and will instruct you to head to the Keep, where you may unravel more of this mystery. The shortcut to the Keep is down an overgrown Forest Road. Head down the path into the woods. After a short walk you'll run into a cave, but before you can enter, two Blade Demons will drop down for a fight. Destroy them and head into the cave. In the very back you'll find a hole. Once you go in, there's no going back. Take one last look at the peaceful surroundings and dive in. __ _______________________________________________________________ __ | |\______________________________________________________________/| | |--|/ \|--| | | =============== AREA 2: UNDERGROUND TEMPLE =============== | | |--|\______________________________________________________________/|--| |__|/______________________________________________________________\|__| The Underground Temple is a strange place where humans have not ventured for a long time. It is a small temple, but don't let the size fool you. There are plenty of treasures to be found inside... as well as demons waiting for a fight. ===== THE TEMPLE ENTRANCE ===== The underground area begins at the bottom of the pit you jumped into in Nanamagari. Make your way out of the cave to the exit. As you leave, three Blade Demons will attack from various directions. If you rush in, they'll all leap out at once, so slowly enter and take them out one at a time. To the left of the stairs is the UNDERGROUND TEMPLE MAP. Open the chest, take it out, then go up the stairs. You'll run into a mummified monk guarding the entrance to the temple. In front of it is a scroll. This is SOUGEN'S NOTE. When you pick it up, the door to the temple will be opened. ===== INSIDE THE UNDERGROUND TEMPLE ===== The moment you enter the Temple, four Demon Warriors will get on your back. Kill the two to the right first, then the ones on the left. If you follow the hallway all the way down from the right of the entrance, you'll find the SEIRYU VOL. 1 in the cabinet. In the corner where the right hallway turns is a FLUORITE piece. Now head down the left part of the hallway and enter the next room. Smash the last pot on the left side to find a treasure chest with the JOURNAL #1 inside. On the alter ahead is the THUNDER ORB. Pick it up to gain the capability to use the sword of thunder, the Raizan, along with the power of the thunder orb, the Shiden. With the Thunder Orb in tow, head down the passage to the left. Before going up the stairs, you'll come across a Trick Treasure Box. To unlock the box, you must spin 4 x 4 grids of numbers to get the right numbers in the right corners. The first Trick Treasure Box has two grids, one to the left and one to the right. Follow the instructions below to unlock it. TRICK TREASURE BOX 1: Spin Left Grid, Right Grid, Left Grid Follow that order to get the numbers in the corresponding corners and to open the chest. Inside is the ROPE LADDER. Now head up the stairs and into the South Area. __ _______________________________________________________________ __ | |\______________________________________________________________/| | |--|/ \|--| | | =============== AREA 3: SOUTH AREA =============== | | |--|\______________________________________________________________/|--| |__|/______________________________________________________________\|__| The next step in Samanosuke's quest is through the region to the south of the Keep. Before entering, you'll need to explore the South Area. Hot on the trail of Osric the tusked Demon, Samanosuke follows his path in hopes of finding Princess Yuki. ===== SOUTH OF THE KEEP ===== You'll emerge from the Underground Temple in the woods to the South of the Keep. The gate is just ahead, so press on. Across from the stairs leading from the temple is MAGIC JEWEL, hidden among the brush. Continue up the path to the entrance gate. Save your game and enhance your items at the nearby MAGIC MIRROR, and take note of the Test Chest right beside it. The solution is below. In the game, the symbols are arranged vertically, but to save space, they are arranged horizontally here. TEST CHEST 1: Use the Seiryu to Solve THE CLAN OF OGRES ___ _\_/_ ___ | ___ ___ | | _ | | | | _|___|_ /|\ |_|_| | _ | _/|\_ | | | | | |___| /_|_\ |_|_| |___| | | | Enter the gate by equipping the Shiden orb. Head across the bridge and beware of the Spiked Demons. In the far right corner of the bridge is the SOUTH AREA MAP. Now enter the door to the Keep grounds. Run to the exit in the far back. Be careful around the strong Minotaur Demons. Through the exit is an area to the West with a few houses and a broken wall. If you save the man here from the Demon Warriors, he'll reward you with an HERB. No go up to the smashed wall. There's a steep drop leading down to the Drained Moat. Use the Rope Ladder you found in the Underground Temple Trick Treasure Box to descend. Head through the moat and into the cave. Save your game at the MAGIC MIRROR and search around for some items. Underneath one of the crates down the tunnel is a MEDICINE. Also, right by the Magic Mirror is another Test Chest. TEST CHEST 2: Use the Suzaku to Solve THE GAUNTLET OF OGRES ___ _|_ ___ ___ | | | | _|_| |_|_| | _ | _/|\_ |_|_||_|_ |_|_| |___| | | | | | Now enter the door using the Shiden. Inside you'll find Osric the tusked Demon. Prepare for your first boss battle. ======== *** BOSS 1: OSRIC *** ======== Osric, the demon that stole Princess Yuki from your fingertips in the opening moments of the game, is here to try and stop your progress. He uses a powerful, spiked club as his weapon. His main fault is his slow speed, so use it to your advantage. A Hit and Run technique will work the best, but be sure to flee if you're about to be cornered. The thunderbolt magic is also very effective, and since you'll get tons of souls to replenish your life and magic throughout the battle, don't worry about using it up. Osric attacks with moves such as the Swing, Double Swing, and Upward Swing. You can block most of these, but sometimes the Double Swing will catch you off guard. If you're knocked down to the ground, Osric will smash your head with his club. After you get some hits on him, he'll start to get angry and will move more quickly. This will tire him out eventually, creating some openings for attacks. If you block and play it safe, Osric will be no problem. ===== GUILDSTERN'S LABORATORY ===== Osric's first attack on you will have crushed the door you entered in, so you have no choice but to press on deeper into the cavern. In the room behind Osric's corpse is the JOURNAL #2. Enter the next room. Under the pots on the left wall is a FLUORITE piece. Walk down the hallway and into Guildstern's lab. Meet the crazy creature and fight his creation, Reynaldo. Although he makes a big deal out of it, the Reynaldo is quite simple to destroy. When it's all taken care of, look for a pedestal in the upper left corner of the room. On it is the FIRE ORB, the Kouen. This will grant you the ability to use the powerful Enryuu and the fire magic it creates. Now head back to the room where you fought Osric. Inside will be several Skull Clouds, which will suck up the souls Osric left behind. Kill them all to get the abundance of souls, then head out the door with the fire crystal on it (use the Kouen). Now head back through the moat (be mindful of the Blade Demons that will pop out) and up the Rope Ladder. Head to the courtyard in front of the Keep. With the Kouen, you can now enter the main door. Equip the fire orb and go inside the Keep. __ _______________________________________________________________ __ | |\______________________________________________________________/| | |--|/ \|--| | | =============== AREA 4: THE KEEP =============== | | |--|\______________________________________________________________/|--| |__|/______________________________________________________________\|__| Located in the middle of everything, The Keep is the main area in the game. It is a huge palace with tons of winding passages and secrets. All of the rest of the areas will be found in or near the Keep. As for the Keep itself, it is the center of the Demon problem. Hundreds of dead bodies fill the halls and Demons are now the masters. The Keep has five floors, many filled with unexpected surprises. ===== FLOORS 1 AND 2 ===== As you enter the Keep, you'll find Demon Warriors and Samurai Demons patrolling through masses of corpses in the main room. The door in the back left corner leads to a MAGIC MIRROR, a MAGIC FOUNTAIN, and the KEEP MAP. You'll also be able to warp to the Dark Realm from here later. While the side room is a nice safe haven, you need to go through the main doors in back to continue. In this room you'll meet up with Tokichiro and Yumemaru for the first time. In a chest is 10 NORMAL ARROWS. Go into the door on the right wall (without the fire crystal) and follow the hall to a calm place that possesses the JOURNAL #3. Head back out to the room where Tokichiro was and go through the door with the fire crystal on it. Several Blade Demons will attack in the next room, so be prepared. Continue into the subsequent hallway and Yumemaru and Kaede will show up. After your chat, go through the door. Demon Warriors and Blade Demons populate this passage and room. In the chest near the stairs is a HERB, and right to the left of it is some FLUORITE. Now go into the room under the stairs. Be sure not to chop the rope above the pit. In this room is the SUZAKU VOL. 2 on the bookshelf and the BOW in a Trick Treasure Box. TRICK TREASURE BOX 2: Spin Left Grid, Right, Left, Right, Right Climb the stairs and enter the door at the top. Grab the POWER JEWEL from the bucket. If you chopped the rope in the room below, it'll plummet into the pit and you won't be able to get it until later. Go back out of the room and fight the Blade and Samurai Demons waiting at the top of the stairs. If your Kouen is powerful enough, enter the Conference Room to the right. Inside is the RED BOOK and the RIGHT CREST PIECE. If you can't get in yet, you will be able to later. Now head across the hall from the Conference Room and onto the balcony of the main room. Fighting below are two Demon Warriors and two guards. The guards aren't doing so well, so give them a hand by using your Bow. Killing the demons will have the guards drop an HERB and a MAGIC JEWEL. Continue on into the door on the far side of the balcony. Beware of the Demon Warriors arising from the pits and the Samurai Demon. When they're taken care of, head on to the succeeding room. Break the crates open to find not only 10 NORMAL ARROWS in a chest, but a FLUORITE piece in the corner. Now go up the stairs in the back. ===== FLOOR 3 ===== At the top of the stairs coming from Floor 2 is a MAGIC MIRROR, 10 NORMAL ARROWS, and the BYAKKO VOL. 2. Save the game and enter the door using the Kouen. Kaede will appear inside. After the conversation, two grates will fall down, trapping you. Welcome to the first in a series of four puzzling traps that'll test your problem solving skills. -TRAP 1: THE GRATES- The first trap involves grates that fall down, blocking your path. You must pull certain levers to open them and allow the other character to advance. Let Samanosuke pull the first lever (which conveniently is found inside the small space you're trapped in). Next take Kaede and pull the right lever of the next two choices. Control will switch back to Samanosuke, and you can go pull the left lever. Have Kaede go into the next area and pull the lever on the far left. At this point, Samanosuke can go to the chest that's next to the lever he's pulling to get the HOLY ARMOR (you can also return after all the traps are completed and get the armor). After getting the new armor, go pull the lever on the far right (of the next three). Now the grate blocking the door is open and you can enter. -TRAP 2: THE CANDLES- After getting through the grate room, you'll come into a dark chamber. You can't see anything, but there are two candles in the center (as well as a MAGIC FOUNTAIN). Light the candles with fire magic to unlock the door leading into the next room. -TRAP 3: PUZZLE TILES- The next room looks kinda tricky, and it can be if you don't know how the puzzle tiles work. Your goal is to get to the "O" tile in the back of the room. There are many + and X tiles blocking it, though. When you stand on one of these tiles, parts of the floor fall out and your character is held in place. At this point, you move another character onto a tile, hoping to eventually make progress. The thing to know is that + tiles create holes in the floor in a + pattern, shooting out vertically and horizontally from the tile your character is standing on. X files create an X pattern, with tiles protruding diagonally from the tile. With this in mind, it's easy to avoid killing the other person. Just make sure you won't whenever you make a move and it won't be long before you're on the other side. -TRAP 4: THE WATER CHAMBER- This is the hardest puzzle to overcome (and also the only one with a time limit). As you walk into the next room, a door will close, trapping Samanosuke in a room that begins to fill with water. As Kaede, you must hurry to the control panel nearby and solve the puzzle to stop the water. What the hell? A puzzle like this to shut it off? Wouldn't it make more sense to have a hidden switch somewhere? Anyway, the puzzle is quite difficult. The goal is to get the two circular tiles together in the bottom center. To solve the puzzle, follow the steps below (thanks to IGN Guides for this solution). 1. Begin by moving the horizontal block on the bottom left all the way to the right. 2. Now move the left crest piece and its vertical counterpart down. 3. Move the two small, square blocks as far to the left as possible. 4. Continue by moving the horizontal block in the bottom center up. 5. Then move the horizontal piece in the bottom right corner under the horizontal piece you just moved. 6. Move the right crest piece and its attending vertical piece down into the right corner. 7. Move the center horizontal block right into the space you just created. 8. Move the other horizontal block up one space, then slide the left crest piece and the vertical piece to its right all the way to the center. 9. Move the two small square pieces and the horizontal piece above them all the way down into the left corner. 10. Now slide all of the horizontal pieces in the top two rows to stack up on the left side of the puzzle. 11. Move the vertical pieces up and out of the bottom row, then slide the right crest piece over to complete the puzzle. After saving Samanosuke from a watery grave, go on and try to find a way out. The next room contains a tab that you can pull, shutting off all of the traps and making a staircase fall down from above. Head up the stairs and go through the green hall. The door is locked, so climb down the ladder. If you go down a second time you'll be inside a storage room. You'll find the LEFT CREST PIECE in here, as well as JOURNAL #4 (cut open the left wall). Go back up the ladder once and head through the passage and down the other ladder. At the bottom is a POWER JEWEL, and if you go down the other way, you'll open a trick door that leads to the Conference room (get the Right Crest Piece if you didn't before). With both crest pieces in your possession, head back up to the fourth floor. ===== FLOORS 4 AND 5===== Place both crest pieces in the locked door and enter. Inside is the devious Tokichiro. Listen to him talk, then move to the other side of the room. Resting upon a bench is the SEIRYU VOL. 2, and in the make-up box alongside the wall is a FLUORITE piece. Proceed into the next room. On the floor to the right when you enter is the SUZAKU VOL. 1. Watch out for the Blade Demon that comes crashing through the folding screens. Behind the staircase leading up to Floor 5 are 10 NORMAL ARROWS. Now head up to Floor 5. There are many Blade Demons that will attack, and use them to stock up on magic, life, and experience before the upcoming boss battle. You can hear Yumemaru shouting for help, but you can't do anything until later. Go into the door on the balcony. Inside this room is the SEIRYU VOL. 3, the SEIRYU VOL. 4, a container of MEDICINE, a MAGIC MIRROR, and a SOUL GAUNTLET (press the absorb buttons to get souls from it). Chop down the things blocking the way to the Magic Mirror and Soul Gauntlet. If you go down the passage past the Magic Mirror, a ladder will come into view. Go up it and onto the roof. ===== *** BOSS 2: MARCELLUS *** ===== Marcellus is quite a warrior. He meets you on the roof of the Keep for a fight. He uses the power of Wind along with a sword and shield to devastate his opponents. His moves include the Double Chop, Downward Swing, Stab, Shield Hit, Shield/Stab Combo, Spin Hit, Shield/Spin Combo, and Wind Whirl. His will usually perform basic chops that can easily be blocked, but beware of the shield hit that will make you lose your balance. Since this boss is quick, the Hit and Run technique isn't as effective. Use blocking and magic whenever you can to slowly wear away his strength. Wait until right before and after he attacks to hit him, or he'll likely block you with his shield (the shield can, however, be broken with enough hits). You may have to use a Medicine or two, but beating Marcellus shouldn't be too hard. ===== RESCUE YUMEMARU ===== When you defeat Marcellus, collect the souls he leaves behind as well as the WIND ORB Arashi he possessed. With the Arashi, you can open the door leading to Yumemaru. When you open it, you'll automatically take Yumemaru back to Floor 1 to help him recover. If you return to the room where Yumemaru was held later, you'll find 10 BURST BULLETS. __ _______________________________________________________________ __ | |\______________________________________________________________/| | |--|/ \|--| | | =============== AREA 5: KEEP UNDERGROUND =============== | | |--|\______________________________________________________________/|--| |__|/______________________________________________________________\|__| The strange disappearances of the maids and servants from the Keep have been said to be attributed to demons living underneath the palace. Now is the time for Samanosuke to brave these depths and find out what's going on with the demons. Is this the source of the problem? The only way to find out is to press on... ===== TO THE UNDERGROUND AREA ===== With Yumemaru safe and Kaede helping Nui recover, you can go on and delve into the depths of the keep. Head back to the main room (where you entered the Keep) and go inside the door to the left of the main entrance. Make your way through the hordes of Spiked Demons and down the passage to the door requiring a Level 2 Shiden (thunder orb) to open. Walk into the next room and defeat the Blade Demons, then go through the next door. You'll be in a misty room. To Samanosuke's right is the BLUE BOOK. Straight ahead is a strange pedestal with thunder, fire, and wind crystals. Use each respective orb to open the stairways and raise the gate. Go down the stairs to enter the underground area. ===== PURIFY THE SOULS ===== Head down the passage to a faraway door. Along the way you may run into another door, but it will be blocked by tormented souls. To advance, you must find a way to get rid of them. Proceed into the door at the end of the passage to arrive at a library area used by the demons. In the first part of the library is a MAGIC MIRROR and an HERB. Chop down the elongated, living columns to get to the next section that contains the GREEN BOOK, the ORANGE BOOK, and the BYAKKO VOL. 3 along with some Reynaldo. Pick up all the items then continue on into the next corridor. Reynaldo have flocked into this passage, and aren't afraid to use their annoying tentacle tunnel attack. Ignore the Reynaldo for the most part and enter the door halfway down the corridor. This room has a chest with the KEEP UNDERGROUND MAP and a balance with one side submerged underwater. Chop the rope on the left side of the balance to make the weight fall onto it, raising the other side. Go over to the right and pick up the ROSARY OF COMMUNICATION. Now head back into the Reynaldo corridor and press on through the door at the end. The chamber you enter is quiet... a bit too quiet. Go pick up the PURIFIER BELL in the chest in the back, but don't think you're done yet. The second you grab it, three gigantic axe blades will start swinging back and forth, making your trip out much more complicated. If you stand near the wall and run when the axe is out of the way (don't wait too long, but in the same respect, don't move too soon), you'll make it out without a problem. With the Purifier Bell in your inventory, you can run back to the door sealed by the tormented souls and heal them by sounding the bell. The ringing will disperse the souls, allowing you to enter. ===== THE BLUE KEY ===== Delving deeper into the Keep Underground, the path ahead is just more and more dangerous. The first hallway past the door of the tormented souls is lined with glass containers. Beware, as three Samurai Demons will break out of these containers and attack. At the very end of the hallway is a FLUORITE piece. Also near the hallway's end is a door, but it is locked and smeared with blue paint. You must find the Blue Key to open it. Backtrack and go into the door halfway down the hallway. Inside are several Reynaldo. The door on the far end (without any crystals on it) holds the WHITE BOOK and an HERB. Another door in the middle of the Reynaldo chamber has two Thunder Crystals on it. Use a Level 2 Arashi to open it. Inside, dispatch the Samurai Demon, then pick up the goods. You'll find the BYAKKO VOL. 4, the APOCALYPSE #1, a FLUORITE piece near the middle of the chamber, and a trick treasure box. Trick Treasure Box 3: Spin Middle Grid, Left, Right The Chest contains the blue key. Take it to the door back in the main hallway and enter. Inside you'll meet up with Tokichiro, but this time things won't be as pleasant. __ _______________________________________________________________ __ | |\______________________________________________________________/| | |--|/ \|--| | | =============== AREA 6: WEST AREA =============== | | |--|\______________________________________________________________/|--| |__|/______________________________________________________________\|__| The West Area, also referred to as the West Prison, is a large area to the (duh) West of the Keep. Demons have overrun this place now, which is filled with many buildings. You'll have to navigate these buildings first with Kaede, then as Samanosuke. This is a rather large area and will take you quite a bit to get through as both characters. ===== TO THE WEST AREA ===== After Tokichiro's and Samanosuke's encounter, control will switch over to Kaede. With Yumemaru and Nui gone, the only thing Kaede can do is to search for them. Fortunately, there's a new place to look. When you leave the safe haven, a dying guard will direct you to the West Area, and with his dying breaths, will hand over the RED KEY. Now head to the West Area. Be careful of the enemies you encounter. Kaede's knife is incredibly weak, and even Demon Warriors will take many hits to kill. If you encounter any lower-class demon by itself or a couple Demon Warriors, you should kill it. If you come across multiple lower-class demons or middle-class demons, run for your life. To get to the West Area, exit the Keep and go into the gate in the far left corner of the courtyard. Make your way past the houses and drained moat. The door on the far end, which was previously locked, can now be opened with the Red Key. ===== NAVIGATE THE WEST PRISON ===== Enter the West Area and take the HERB out of the chest. Watch out for Blade Demons as you make your way through the buildings. Walk further down the path and to the right of the last torch, next to a rock, is a piece of FLUORITE. Go into the door and quickly run past the Samurai Demon in this area (only stop for a moment to grab the FLUORITE piece resting to the right of the door with three Thunder Crystals). Also in this area is a well that is a point where you can enter the Dark Realm, but you should ignore it for now and go on. The next locale you come to is not only full of Samurai Demons, but archers. Quickly run by them and into the door by the ladder. You'll emerge in a grassy wooded area. While this place seems peaceful, don't be surprised by the sudden appearances of Blade Demons. You'll also find some Kunai lying on the path (look for the yellow sparkle). The door at the end of the trail leads to a MAGIC MIRROR, Test Box, and a building blocked off by an iron grille. The first step in unlocking the gate will be to pick up the GEAR off the dead guard on the left side of the path leading to the gate. Don't forget to solve the Test Box question on your way out. TEST BOX 3: Use the Byakko to Solve THE CHASM OF DIMENSIONS _ | ___ ___ ___| _|_| __ __ _/_\_ /|\ /___\ |_|_| _|___| _|_/ / \/ \ /___\ | | | \_|_/ |_|_| | | |_|_ \_/\_/ | | The Test Box contains a Magic Jewel. With the Gear in your inventory, proceed back to the building where the Demon Archers were situated. Go up the ladder and into the building. ===== THE BURNER BUILDING ===== Inside the Burner Building, climb down the ladder and head over to the MAGIC MIRROR. A chest nearby contains the WEST AREA MAP. Head on through the next door and go down the hallway. Kill any Demon Warriors that get in your way. At the very end of the hallway is a door leading to a library. In this room you'll find the JOURNAL #5 and the SUZAKU VOL. 4. The more important aspect of this library is the trick shelf, hidden away in a bookcase of the right. Open it up and place the gear inside to open a secret passage. Follow this passage to find the SILVER PLATE, a FLUORITE piece, and the BYAKKO VOL. 1. Head back out into the library and into the hallway. This time go back and go into the door a little ways back down the hall. Inside is a room with several furnaces which periodically spew out roaring flames. There's a handle on the side you start that opens a door on the other side of the furnaces. Avoiding the fire, you'll need to make it across before the door closes. Pull the lever when most of the flames go back. Watch out for the wavy air in front of the furnaces that indicates when flames will shoot out. Be careful most of all. When you make it across and into the door, pick up the HERB and the GOLD PLATE inside. Now that you've collected both of the plates, head all the way back to the gate with the iron grille and place the plates in their respective slots to open it up. ===== THE BURNING BUILDING ===== You'll arrive in a building covered in fire when you enter the gate. The fire won't spread anytime soon, so just avoid the flames and take your time. There's a small room in the back of the Burning Building that (along with a bunch of pots) contains some KUNAI and the GENBU VOL. 2. Go back to the entrance and go into the door nearby. This place is free of flames and enemies, a nice safe place to relax. There's also some nice items to be found in here. At the bottom of the stairs in the barrels in a FLUORITE PIECE. Head up the stairs and you'll come across a Trick Treasure Box. Trick Treasure Box 4: Spin Middle Grid, Left, Left, Right, Right Inside the box is the SACRED KNIFE for Kaede, a much-improved version of the regular knife. Now head back out into the flames and down the stairs near the door. ===== THE PRISON ===== When you reach the Prison, Kaede will meet up with Princess Yuki for the first time. Unfortunately, you won't be able to rescue her, and Guildstern will unleash a Cloaked Demon upon you. This is sort of a mini-boss (as Kaede is weaker and can't beat it as easily). Be sure to use a lot of blocking and the Demon won't even have a chance to hurt you. Use any strategies and cautions found in the Enemy List. After defeating it, control will switch back to Samanosuke. ===== BACK UNDERGROUND ===== Samanosuke will wake up deep underground in a place he's never seen before. Go down the tunnel, but don't miss the MAGIC MIRROR and MEDICINE. After these two items, you'll come to a damp room where the Evil Samanosuke clone will appear to fight. ===== *** BOSS 3: DOPPLEGANGER *** ===== The Doppleganger is a mirror image of Samanosuke, and a warrior that shares his skills and power, too. He uses blocking extensively, as well as devastating combos whenever you try to attack. Never try to pull off combos of more than a couple hits, as the Doppleganger's recovery speed is phenomenal. If he starts hurting you, don't try to hit back, but block. The best time to attack is right before he uses his magic attack (this will also prevent his powerful shot). Use magic for the best results. ===== SAMANOSUKE'S JOURNEY TO THE WEST AREA ===== After defeating the Doppleganger, continue through the tunnels to find the EVIL PLATE and the WOOD LADDER. A little ways past these two items is a well, where a POWER JEWEL will have fallen if you chopped the rope connected to the bucket when you were in the Keep. Use the Wood Ladder in this spot to be able to climb back out to the room where you received the Bow in the Keep. Head outside of the Keep. Before going on, you'll need to have your Thunder and Fire orbs at Level 3 (the Thunder Orb can wait a little if you'd like, but it's best to have it up to power now). Good places to accumulate souls are from the Ninja Demons in the courtyard and the Spiked Demons above the drained moat. When your orbs are enhanced to the maximum, head into the West Area. ===== TO THE NORTH GATE ===== In the first room in the West Area, a guard will be attempting to fend off two Demon Warriors and two Demons Archers. Kill the Warriors with your sword and the Archers with your bow before they kill the guard to receive 10 BURST BULLETS. If the Shiden (Thunder) Orb is up to Level 3, you can enter the building in the next area. Inside is the GENBU VOL. 1, the VISION STAFF, and a SOUL GAUNTLET. There's also a treasure chest in the back, but you won't be able to get it until later. Exit the building and press on to the area with Demon Archers. Ascend the ladder, quickly exterminate the Demons, then enter the Burner Building. Climb down the ladder inside and go into the door with three Fire Crystals. It'll take you outside. You'll come to the top of a hill, with four Demon Warriors below. Chop the rope holding up the combat carriage to kill three of them quickly. Also at the top of the hill is a chest containing MEDICINE. Under the combat carriage's original location is a FLUORITE piece. Go on to the next area, where the North Gate is. ===== *** BOSS 4: MINOTAUR MASTER *** ===== The Minotaur Master is a very strong, red Minotaur Demon surrounded by three normal Minotaur Demons. Since these are the most menacing monsters in the game, you'd initially think this battle would be really difficult. Not so. If you use you magic wisely, you won't even have to attack normally at all. Be sure to have used two or three Magic Jewels, though. Start out by using Wind magic to hit all the Minotaur Demons, then Fire magic to hit a couple, then Thunder magic to finish off the rest. Use magic on the Minotaur Master mainly, as the others are easier to take out if you run low. ===== OPEN THE DEMON REALM AND HEAD TO THE EAST AREA ===== With the Minotaur Demons dead, pick up the spoils found near the blocked-off North Gate, which includes 10 BULLETS, the STATUE HEAD, and the DECORATED SWORD. Start heading back to the Keep now. On your way back, on the hill where the combat carriage was, several Demon Warriors and Demon Archers will ambush you. Kill the Archers first, as they're the most threatening. Now go on to the building with three Thunder Crystals. Inside, put the Statue Head on the statue to open the gate in the back of the room. Inside the chest is the MATCHLOCK gun, a powerful addition to your arsenal. Now head back into the Keep and to the ornate door that you couldn't open before on the first floor. Be sure to collect all of the Fluorite pieces and items in the upper levels of the Keep and the Keep Underground before doing this. Place the Evil Plate in the door and enter. The gate to the Dark Realm will open, blocking off much of the Keep. However, you can't enter, as a small object emitting wind blocks your way. You'll need to find a way to dispel it. To do that, head on out to the lower right corner of the courtyard. Kill the Hecubites and place the Decorated Sword in the stone carving to open the door to the East Area. __ _______________________________________________________________ __ | |\______________________________________________________________/| | |--|/ \|--| | | =============== AREA 7: EAST AREA =============== | | |--|\______________________________________________________________/|--| |__|/______________________________________________________________\|__| The final are on the castle grounds is the East Area, also known as the water garden. The buildings here were all built on water long ago. Bridges and strips of land connect the different places you can go. In the nearby hills roars a gushing waterfall. Strange things have been occurring in the normally peaceful waters of the garden... ===== SAMANOSUKE'S WATER GARDEN ADVENTURE ===== The first order of business in the East Area is to get Samanosuke through the area. As you enter, he spies an interesting building across the water. This should be your destination. Also keep in mind your goal of finding a way to solve the mystery of the troublesome wind-creator back in the Keep. Start out by heading down the ramp to the bridges above the water. You'll encounter a Blade Demon and a Ninja Demon along the way. Go across the bridges until you come to a door with two Thunder Crystals on it. Open it up and proceed inside the building. Across from the entrance is a gap in between two buildings. If you look around, you'll see that equipment for a bridge is nearby. To lower the bridge, take out the Matchlock and fire at the rope to the left. A bridge will come crashing down, which you can use the cross the channel. On the other side are 10 NORMAL BULLETS to make up for the one or two you fired, and if you slice open the wall at the back of the room, a rare TALISMAN. Head back across the bridge and through the first building. On the door at the end is the JOURNAL #6. Now go through the door the Journal was on. When you exit, there will be two Shielded Samurai Demons on the bridge. Be very careful when around them. Using magic is advisable. Go all the way down the bridge to the small hut at the end. Inside you'll find 10 NORMAL BULLETS, the GENBU VOL. 3, and the EAST AREA MAP (cut open the wall in the back corner). Now head back out of the building and enter the tall building halfway down the bridge (watch out for Ninja Demons!). ===== THE TALL BUILDING ===== Upon entrance to the tall building, you'll be assaulted by several various enemies. On the ground floor is a Shielded Samurai Demon, and on the sloped walkways above are a few Demon Archers. Always stay on the move until you kill all of the Demon Archers; otherwise, their arrows might hit you. To the left of the entrance door are 10 NORMAL BULLETS. Wait until later to kill the Shielded Samurai Demon, as you don't want to be hit by arrows as you kill him (if you want to use magic, it's OK to defeat it now). Go up the stairs and ascend the sloped walkway to the top, killing any Demon Archers you run across on the way. Be very careful when approaching them; if they're about to fire an arrow, retreat. At the top of the walkway is a chest containing a MAGIC JEWEL. Go up the ladder right next to it. You'll emerge on top of the roof of the tall building. Your first priority should be to kill the four Ninja Demons stalking you up here. Go around the fenced-in area to find an opening to the outer part of the roof. Once all the enemies are taken care of, look around for items. A POWER JEWEL lies near the dead body that the birds were pecking at. A SOUL ABSORBER can be found on the other side of the roof. Finally, look for a FLUORITE piece on the inner path of the roof. After collecting everything, head back down to the lowest floor of the tall building. In the back is a door with three thunder crystals. Use a Level 3 Arashi (thunder orb) to open it. ===== THE WATERFALL PATH ===== When you exit the back of the tall building, several Ninja Demons will assault you. Press on to the next area after they've been defeated. In this place, two Cloaked Demons will attack. Be sure to defend a lot. Also in this location is a SOUL GAUNTLET that you can suck souls from. Continue up the path that leads to the waterfall. At the waterfall, two Shielded Samurai Demons attempt to halt your progress. Magic is most effective in this tight space, but if you're confident in your abilities, take them out without it. If you cut the rope on the side of the bridge, it'll tumble into the river below. Behind the waterfall in a small cave is a Trick Treasure Box. Trick Treasure Box 5: Spin Lower Left Grid, Upper Right, Lower Right, Lower Left, Lower Right Your reward for solving the puzzle is the GREAT ARMOR. Now enter the boathouse on the far side of the waterfall. Inside you'll find a vial of MEDICINE, a MAGIC MIRROR, and a MAGIC FOUNTAIN. Also in here is a Test Chest. TEST BOX 4: Use the Genbu to Solve DRAGON ORB _|_ _ _ _|_ ___ | | | | _/_\_ /_\ | | | |_|_| /|\ |/ \| /___\ /___\ | | | |___| /_|_\ A MAGIC JEWEL is your reward for unlocking the chest. Now go down the stairs. On the dock is a FLUORITE piece. Pick it up and hop into the boat to take it to the house in the water you saw earlier. When you arrive at the house, go inside and head to the back. The Great Bow is resting here. Pick it up. At this point, control will switch over to Kaede, who you will also have to guide to this building. ===== TAKING KAEDE TO THE LAKE-SIDE HOUSE ====== As Samanosuke is attacked inside the building in the lake, Kaede trots into the East Area. You need to bring her over to aide Samanosuke in the upcoming battle. As Kaede peers out over the water, a Hecubite surfaces from the briny depths and attacks. Defeat it, then head on to the bridges. Instead of heading to the door with two Thunder Crystals that Samanosuke entered, go down the bridges to a different door. Use the Shinobi Kit on it to pry it open. In the following area, two Hecubites will crash up from the water and attack. Defeat them, and head down the walkway. At the end is a chest containing KUNAI and a door. Go inside to find an HERB to the right of the statue, a FLUORITE piece to the right of the door, and the APOCALYPSE #2 behind the statue. Head back out and exit through the other door. You'll come out on the lakeshore beneath the tall building. Several Hecubites will dash from the waters and attack. If you hit them while they're climbing out, you'll knock them back in (instantly defeating them). If not, take your time before proceeding. In the following area, Ninja Demons will drop from above to attack. Since there's no reason to defeat them, it's easiest and safest to just run past them. Continue up to the waterfall. At the falls, more Ninja Demons will appear. Since it's a narrow path and it's a far way to run, I prefer to kill them. Head into the hut near the falls next. ===== FINDING THE GREAT ARROW ===== Since Samanosuke took the only boat on the docks, Kaede will have to search for another place. She can use the Shinobi Kit on the door near the Test Box. On this walkway, Demon Warriors will crawl up from below. Knock them back in before they can pull themselves up, then finish the rest off. Enter the next door and cut the barricades to the side to uncover a chest containing 10 NORMAL ARROWS. Run past the Saurai Demon is this room, as not only is it too strong for Kaede to defeat easily, there's not a lot of room to dodge. The next room splits up into two paths. Take the right one (but before doing so, smash the pot to the left of the entrance to find some KUNAI). In the door on the right, you'll come across a room with a MAGIC MIRROR and a ladder. Climb the ladder and smash the crates in this attic area. A couple items are hiding underneath them, like a FLUORITE piece to the left and the GENBU VOL. 4 on the right. Snatch them up and go back down. In the next hall, several Demon Warriors and Demon Archers will attack. Kill the Archers first, as they've the biggest threat, but be sure to keep your distance and keep on the move while they fire. Go to the very end of the hallway and enter the door. In this storage room is a FLUORITE piece on the chest opposite the ladder and the SUZAKU VOL. 3 on the shelf. Go up the ladder to the attic. Move to the end where a Trick Treasure Box waits. Trick Treasure Box 5: Spin Left Grid, Left, Middle, Right, Right, Middle, Middle The chest contains the Decorated Arrow. While worthless to use, it will be helpful very shortly. Go back down the ladder (watch out for the Ninja Demon that attack) and down the hall to the door in the middle. Enter. Walk behind the Bishamon Statue to find a dragon pedestal with the Great Arrow on it. However, when you take the arrow, the door will lock. To open it up again, exchange Decorated Arrow in place of the Great Arrow. This will not only unlock the door, but the chest in front of the statue (which contains the GREEN KEY). ===== OUT TO THE BUILDING IN THE WATER ===== With the Great Arrow and Green Key in hand, look for a boat to get to the building in the water with. Head back past the Magic Mirror and down the hall to the left. The door with green ink on it can be opened with the Green Key. Go down the ladder and get in the boat to head out to Samanosuke. As Kaede watches helplessly, a boss attacks Samanosuke. ===== *** BOSS 5: HECUBUS *** ===== Hecubus, the giant bug monster, is quite a pain to beat. Not only does she summon an unceasing amount of Hecubites, she also flies around, making it very hard to hit her. First, use your Wind Magic. This will cause her to drop down to the ground, where you can hit her with her sword. She (or the Hecubites) sometimes give you blue souls to replenish your magic with. When you run out, resort to your Arrows and Bullets. This is the easiest way to hither, but she has quite a bit of life, so be prepared for fending off Hecubites throughout the battle. A last, much harder way to defeat her is by using and overhead swing with the Enryuu. However, this is the least desirable method, as it is hard to pull off, leaves you open to attacks, and requires Hecubus to be close to the ground and in the right spot. If you enter with plenty of Bullets and Arrows, the battle won't be very hard. ===== TO THE DARK REALM ===== After escaping from the exploding building, Samanosuke will take a hurt Kaede back to the safe room in the Keep. Now it's time to enter the Demon World. Head back to the room with the Demon Gate (where the wind object is blocking your path). With the Great Bow and Great Arrow, you can finally dispel the wind and enter. __ _______________________________________________________________ __ | |\______________________________________________________________/| | |--|/ \|--| | | =============== AREA 8: DARK REALM =============== | | |--|\______________________________________________________________/|--| |__|/______________________________________________________________\|__| Now you've entered the Demon World, also known as the Dark Realm. This is where Princess Yuki and Yumemaru are being held captive, and is where many Demons reside. This is your last area in the game, and while short, will be a big test of your skill. ===== *** BOSS 6: MARCELLUS *** ===== As you enter the Dark Realm, Guildstern will appear and will send his latest and greatest creation out to defeat you. Marcellus is back, but this time he's more powerful than ever. The first thing you should do when you regain control is run back to the entrance, where a Medicine waits in a chest. Then turn you attention to Marcellus. His first attacks utilize his large sword and shield. These are very difficult and are hard to defend. Use all of your magic on him now. With the powerful magic tearing him apart, he'll soon get rid of his sword and shield and will get two sharper swords for quick, spinning attacks. These can be blocked in most cases. Finish using the rest of your magic, then start chopping away after his attacks. I like to use the Shippuu, as it is quick and effective for this boss. Don't attack too much, as his attacks start quickly and won't give you much time to defend if you aren't ready. After a series of constant hits, he'll go down. ===== INTO THE DEMON WORLD ===== You're almost there, it's just a sort trip through the rest of the Demon World until you arrive at your goal. The room after Marcellus contains the Dark Realm Map, a Magic Fountain, and a Magic Mirror to save at. Also, if you play the Bishamon Ocarina (if you found it) next to the black door, it'll open and reveal the powerful Bishamon Sword. After you've done everything you need to in here, you can proceed. The final room is a long, spiraling ramp that goes down into the depths of the Dark Realm. About halfway down you'll encounter a strange creature that creates Reynaldo. Kill the nearby Reynaldo and leave before any more come. At the bottom is a Cloaked Demon. Kill it and pick up the two MEDICINES before the hall leading to the boss room. Enter to fight the last battle. ===== +*+*+*+*+ FINAL BOSS: FORTINBRAS +*+*+*+*+ ===== Here he is, the head honcho of the demons, Fortinbras. After a stunning and fitting video of this nasty villain, you'll take control and fight him. The battleground you are in is different than others. It's one square room, with a stationary camera facing Fortinbras at all times. This makes the battle easier. However, Fortinbras strong attacks do not. All you have to do is memorize how to dodge them. - LASER BEAM: Fortinbras shoots rays of laser at Samanosuke from him eyes. These rays travel quickly from close to far away. Sidestep to avoid them. - FLAME BREATH: With this attack, the Demon King sprays flames across the room. Stand in one of the corners to prevent getting burned. - LIGHTNING ORBS: These pink orbs shoot down bolts of lightning. You can see their shadows beforehand, so just don't get stuck under any. - SWIPE: Fortinbras makes a clean sweep horizontally across the room. Stay in the back of the room to dodge it. - SMASH: Fortinbras smashes into you by thrusting his claw vertically across the room. You can avoid it by either standing very close or very far away from him. - FIRE GRAB: Watch out for this attack. Fortinbras grabs you, lifts you up near his mouth, then scorches you with flames. If you can escape, great, but try to avoid this by not getting to close to him when he's mobbing his hands. Whenever you get a chance, move in near Fortinbras and start hacking away at his snake-like body. If you have plenty of Medicine, it's OK to push it and try to hit him more times than is safe. If not, back off before he attacks. Use Magic first to wear him down a bit. The Bishamon Sword works wonderfully and will make this battle a whole lot easier if you have it. After you hit his body enough time, his head will fall down, allowing you to hit it and cause real damage to him. After you deal out enough damage, he'll fall down, leaving you to simply watch the ending. Good work! ________________________________________________________________________ _ ___/|____|\______________________________________________________| |_ |__|||____||______________________________________________________|_|_\ ||| |/ \___/ ||| ============== PART 4: INDEXES AND GUIDES ============== ||| __|||______________________________________________________/|____|||__ /__|_|______________________________________________________||____|||__| /___\ \| ||| | | ||| |_| \| Part 4 is where I go over everything else in the game that you need to know that's not in the walkthrough and doesn't fit into Part 2. This includes Lists of different things you can find in the game, explanations of the secrets, and handy guides. ________________________________________________________________________ =============== ITEMS INDEX =============== ________________________________________________________________________ The Items Index lists every item found in the game, from the generic (herbs, fluorite) to the special (decorated sword, rope ladder). Along with each item is a description and explanation of what it does, and in the case of special items, where it can be found. The list is in alphabetical order. -HERB- Type: Generic Description: This recovers a small amount of vitality. The Herb is the basic healing agent. Though its vitality-increasing effects are invaluable, it's nothing compared to the strong power of medicines. Try to enhance herbs to medicines before using them whenever possible. Herbs are quite abundant and you'll find enough of them during your adventure to keep you on your feet. -MEDICINE- Type: Generic Description: This recovers a large amount of vitality. Medicine is your best friend in boss battles or tough situations. When used, it'll replenish all of your health, no matter how long your meter is. Upgrade Herbs to Medicines whenever you can for the added healing powers. -FLUORITE- Type: Generic Description: This stone glows with a certain item... Fluorite are usually hidden well in areas you would not normally look. You can't see the Fluorite (unless you have the Staff of Vision), so many times you'll have to guess the location. Fluorite's only use is that it unlocks a secret if you collect all of the pieces. -MAGIC JEWEL- Type: Generic Description: This blue Jewel will enhance your magic power. Magic Jewels are great items. When you use it, your magic meter will be extended, allowing you to use more magic before running out. Find as many of these as possible to increase your tiny meter. -POWER JEWEL- Type: Generic Description: This yellow Jewel will enhance your vitality. Power Jewels are just like Magic Jewels, only better. Instead of increasing your Magic Meter, they increase your vitality meter. Extending your vitality is a must and will be incredibly helpful in the game. -TALISMAN- Type: Generic Description: This will fully recover your vitality if wounded. Probably the most helpful healing item in the game, the Talisman is a rare find. When your character dies, the Talisman will not only revive them, but return them to full health as well. This is particularly helpful when you accidentally get hit by an attack you thought would do less damage than it did. -SOUL ABSORBER- Type: Generic Description: This will let you automatically absorb a monster's energy. When you use this item, a circle will form around your character. Pressing the O button with this activated will instantly kill any enemies inside the circle. Very handy if you're stuck in a crowd of enemies that you can't seem to defeat. -ROPE LADDER- Type: Special Found: Underground Temple Description: A very durable ladder made of cotton rope. The Rope Ladder can be used to descend into the Drained Moat of the South Area. Find it in the Underground Temple, inside the Trick Treasure Box down the hall from the Thunder Orb altar. -RIGHT CREST PIECE- Type: Special Found: Conference Room Description: The drawings on the back make it look like part of a device. The two Crest Pieces help to unlock a door. Find the right piece in the Conference Room on the Keep's second floor. -LEFT CREST PIECE- Type: Special Found: Conference Room Description: The drawings on the back make it look like a starter key. The two Crest Pieces help to unlock a door. Find the left piece in the Storage Room at the bottom of the ladder near the door you need to unlock on the Keep's fourth floor. -SNINOBI KIT- Type: Special Found: N/A Description: This kit can help ninjas to unlock or disarm traps. The Shinobi Kit is used only by Kaede in her stealthy ninja practices. The Kit can open up doors that have a broken keyhole. Basically, the kit lets Kaede enter certain areas that Samanosuke can't. -ROSARY OF COMMUNICATION- Type: Special Found: Keep Underground Description: This will allow you to hear the deceased. A unique and special item, the Rosary of Communication allows you to hear the thoughts of the dead. All of the dead bodies you've seen in and around the Keep will have little clouds hovering over them once you pick up the Rosary of Communication. Stand next to them and speak to hear what they have to say. The Rosary is found in the Keep Underground, past the demon library and in the room with the balance. Chop the rope on the left side to make a weight fall, raising the right side and revealing the Rosary of Communication. -PURIFIER BELL- Type: Special Found: Keep Underground Description: Ring this bell in order to purify the cursed. This bell can heal the souls of the departed, particularly those blocking the door in the Keep Underground. The Purifier Bell is also located in the Keep Underground, past the library and the corridor filled with Reynaldo. -GEAR- Type: Specific Found: West Area Description: A gear made of wood. Why hasn't it been used very often? The Gear is found in the West Area, on a dead guard by the entrance to the Burning Building. It is part of a puzzle to be solved in the Burner Building. -GOLD PLATE- Type: Specific Found: West Area Description: This appears to be used as a starter key or something... The Gold Plate is used as a key to open a gate in the West Area. You can find this plate behind the burners in the Burner Building. -SILVER PLATE- Type: Specific Found: West Area Description: This appears to be used to start something... The Silver Plate is similar to the Gold Plate, and when both are used, will open up the door to a West Area building. It's located behind the trick shelf in the Burner Building's library. -EVIL PLATE- Type: Specific Found: Keep Underground Description: A part of the Emblem of Dark Realm Gate, ot may be a key... Filled with surging evil, this plate fits into the ornate door on the first floor of the Keep. It is located in the Keep Underground, in the room pst the Doppleganger. -WOOD LADDER- Type: Specific Found: Keep Underground Description: A typical ladder that is used to climb up walls. Just a normal ladder that'll help you climb out of the Keep Underground. It's found in the room past the Doppleganger. -VISION STAFF- Type: Specific Found: West Area Description: The one who has this staff can see the glowing Fluorite. The Vision Staff is an invaluable item, as it makes Fluorite sparkle whenever you're around. This makes your search for the elusive pieces of stone much easier. Find the staff in the West Area's door with three Thunder Crystals. -STATUE HEAD- Type: Specific Found: West Area Description: The neck is shaped like a key. Maybe it could start... The Statue Head, found near the North Gate, is used on a headless statue in the West Area's building with three Thunder Crystals on the door. It'll give you access to a treasure box in the back. -DECORATED SWORD- Type: Specific Found: West Area Description: You can't seem to use it because of its thick decorations. Found near the North Gate, the Decorated Sword opens up the door to the East Area. Simply place it in the stone carving in the lower right corner of the courtyard after opening the gate to the Demon Realm. -GREAT BOW- Type: Specific Found: East Area Description: You will need an arrow that can match this bow to use it. Strangely, the Great Bow isn't a weapon but instead an item. When the Great Arrow is used with it, you can open up the gate to the Demon World. It is located inside the large building sitting in the middle of the water in the East Area. -GREAT ARROW- Type: Specific Found: East Area Description: You will need a bow that can match this arrow to use it. The Great Arrow is combined with the Great Bow to open up the Dark Realm. It is found in the East Area, in the room with the Bishamon Statue. Place the decorated arrow on the dragon statue to take it without locking yourself in. -DECORATED ARROW- Type: Specific Found: East Area Description: You can't seem to use it because of the thick decorations. The Decorated Arrow is used to help you get the Great Arrow. You'll find it in a Trick Treasure Box in the attic near the Bishamon Statue room. -BISHAMON OCARINA- Type: Special Found: Dark Realm Level 20 Description: This ocarina will help to awaken a sword. The Bishamon Ocarina is your reward for getting past every level in the Dark Realm. It may seem like a rip off, but in fact, this is the key to unlocking the best sword in the game. After entering the Demon Gate and defeating Marcellus, stand next to the door near the magic fountain. It'll open and inside you'll find the powerful Bishamon Sword. *More Items Coming Soon!!!* ________________________________________________________________________ =============== FILES INDEX =============== ________________________________________________________________________ There are numerous files in Onimusha, and though none of them serves a purpose in the completion of the game, they all will give you more information on the game's setting and the story. Be sure to pick them up and read them whenever you can find them. Below is an index of the locations of all the Files. -YUKI'S LETTER- Princess Yuki's letter to Samanosuke is received during the prologue, so you'll start the game out with this among your files. -SOUGEN'S NOTE- This is the scroll that rests in front of the mummified monk that guards the entrance to the Underground Temple. Easy to find and easy to get. -JOURNAL #1- The journals are a series of writings that describe the exploits of Saimyou. Also included in each journal is a picture. The first of the five is located in the Underground Temple, in the room where the Thunder Orb is found. Smash the last pot on the left to uncover a Treasure Chest containing the Journal #1. -JOURNAL #2- The second of Saimyou's journals is in the Drained Moat. His optimism from the first journal quickly dissipates in the next installment. The journal is found in the room after the boss battle room (against Osric). -JOURNAL #3- Journal the third can be found in the Keep. From the main entrance, enter the doors in the back and then the door on the wall to the right. In the following room is a chest with Journal #3. -JOURNAL #4- This journal is found in the Storage Room at the bottom of the ladder near the door you open with the two Crest Pieces. Cut open a piece of the wall on the left with your sword to find it. -JOURNAL #5- To find the next journal, go into the Burner Building and proceed to the room behind the Magic Mirror. Go all the way to the end of the hall, and in the library, inside the chest, you'll find this journal. -JOURNAL #6- The last journal written can be located in the East Area. Check on the door inside the building that requires a Level 2 Arashi to enter. -RED BOOK- One of the books written by a high class demon, possibly Guildstern. The Red coloration is in the Conference Room on the Keep's second floor. -GREEN BOOK- Another demon-written tome is found in the library of the Keep Underground area. Go past the door of the tormented souls to find the library. -ORANGE BOOK- This book is also in the Keep Underground library. Go past the door of the tormented souls to find the library. -BLUE BOOK- Locate the cerulean tome in the foggy room that leads down into the Keep Underground area. Go through the door to the left of the main entrance to the Keep to find this room. -WHITE BOOK- The white book rests in the Keep Underground. Look for it a green-toned room inside the door of tormented souls. The room before it contains several Reynaldo. -APOCALYPSE #1- The chilling (and short) Apocalypse volumes starts with this book, found in the Keep Underground. Go into the door of the tormented souls and into the room halfway down the hallway. Enter the door with two Thunder Crystals and claim the book inside. -APOCALYPSE #2- The other Apocalypse book is located in the East Area. As Kaede, go into the doors near the beginning of the area that require the Shinobi Kit to enter. Before going to the lake shore outside of the tall building, head into the door near a chest. Inside, behind the statue, is the Apocalypse #2. -SEIRYU VOL. 1- This is the first book in the four-set Seiryu series that translates ancient text to English. It's found in the Underground Temple. From the entrance, head right and to the end of the hallway. Open the cabinet there to find the Seiryu Vol. 1. -SEIRYU VOL. 2- The second volume is found on Floor 4 of the Keep. It's on a bench in the back of the large room. You enter the large room using the two crest pieces. -SEIRYU VOL. 3- Seiryu #3 is on Floor 5 of the Keep. Enter the door on the balcony and you'll be right in the room where this book waits. -SEIRYU VOL. 4- The final Seiryu book is on Floor 5 of the Keep, in the exact same room as the third Seiryu volume. Enter the door on the balcony and you'll be in this room. -SUZAKU VOL. 1- On Floor 4 of the Keep, in the room with the stairs leading to Floor 5, is the first book in the Suzaku group. It's on the floor to the right when you enter the room. -SUZAKU VOL. 2- In the Keep, go to the room with the stairs leading up to the second floor. Under the stairs is a door leading to a room. In this room is the second volume of the Suzaku series, sitting on the bookshelf. -SUZAKU VOL. 3- The elusive Volumer 3 of the Suzaku series is found in the East Area. Head through the house by the waterfall, through the door that requires the Shinobi kit to enter, and all the way to the room with the Magic Mirror. Continue on down the next hallway to the very end and go inside the door. On the shelf in this room is the Suzaku Vol. 3. -SUZAKU VOL. 4- The last Suzaku Volume is located in the West Area. Enter the Burner Building and go into the room behind the Magic Mirror. Go all the way to the end of the hall, and in the library, on top of the bookshelf, you'll find the Suzaku Vol. 4. -BYAKKO VOL. 1- Strangely, you'll find the first volume of the Byakko series last. It's located behind the trick shelf in the Burner Building's library (in the West Area). -BYAKKO VOL. 2- On the third floor of the Keep, in the room before the traps and with the Magic Mirror in it. The Byakko is yet another book with mysterious translations. -BYAKKO VOL. 3- Found in the Keep Underground's demon library. The library is found past the door of the tormented souls. -BYAKKO VOL. 4- Look for this in the Keep Underground. Go into the door of the tormented souls and into the room halfway down the hallway. Enter the door with two Thunder Crystals and pick up the book inside. -GENBU VOL. 1- The last set of books is the Genbu volumes. The first is found in the West Area, inside the door with three Thunder Crystals on it. Just open it up with a Level 3 Shiden and pick up the book. -GENBU VOL. 2- The Genbu series continues with the second installment, found inside the West Area's Burning building. Locate this ancient tome in the back room littered with dusty pots. -GENBU VOL. 3- The third Genbu book is located in the East Area. Head through the building with two Thunder Crystals on the door and down the bridge. Inside the building at the end is the Genbu on the shelf. -GENBU VOL. 4- In the East Area, take Kaede into the door requiring the Shinobi Kit in the house near the waterfall. Go down the paths until you get to a room with a Magic Mirror and a ladder. Climb up the ladder, and destroy the crates. On the right side of the room, under where the crates were, is the last Genbu book. *More Files Coming Soon!!!* ________________________________________________________________________ =============== FLUORITE LOCATIONS INDEX =============== ________________________________________________________________________ Though reading the walkthrough and finding where a Fluorite piece is may be fine and dandy, sometimes it can be quite annoying to search through every little part to find the one sentence that tells you what you want to know. Because I'm ever so thoughtful, here's an index of all the Fluorite Locations. Unless you're too lazy to look through the ones that you've already gotten, this should ease your searching pains. 1. THE UNDERGROUND TEMPLE >From the entrance to the Underground Temple, go to the right. Look in the corner where the hallway turns to find the first Fluorite Piece. 2. THE DRAINED MOAT Enter the room after the chamber where you fought Osric (the first boss). On the wall to the left are several pots. Break them and search the ground underneath to find a piece of Fluorite. 3. THE KEEP FLOOR 1 Enter the Keep and go to the stairs leading up to Floor 2. A chest here contains an herb. If you look to the left of the chest on the wall, you'll discover a Fluorite piece. 4. THE KEEP FLOOR 2 Go up to the second floor of the Keep and head across the balcony. Go through the following room and into the stair chamber. Break the crates near the wall and search in the corner to find this Fluorite Piece. 5. THE KEEP FLOOR 4 Head into the door that's unlocked by the two crest pieces and proceed to the other side of the large room. In a make-up box alongside the wall is the Fluorite piece. 6. KEEP UNDERGROUND Enter the door that the tormented souls block, then proceed to the very end of the hallway (past the blue key door). On the wall at the end is a Fluorite Piece. 7. KEEP UNDERGROUND Found in the room with two Thunder Crystals on the door. Look in the iron torture box near the middle of the room for the Fluorite. 8. WEST AREA Look for this piece in the first passage of the West Area. Walk to the far end, and to the right of the last torch on a rock is the Fluorite piece. 9. WEST AREA This Fluorite piece is found near the well in the West Area. Also near the well is a door with three Thunder Crystals on it. Just to the right of this door (if you're facing it) is the piece. 10. WEST AREA As Kaede, enter the Burner Building and head to the room where you use the Gear. Go into the secret room behind the bookshelf. Cluttered among the many strewn objects is a Fluorite piece. 11. WEST AREA You can only get this Fluorite Piece as Kaede. Head to the Burning Building in the West Area (the one that's on fire) and into the door right next to the entrance. Below the staircase amongst the clutter is a Fluorite Piece. 12. WEST AREA Head to the Burner Building and go through the door with three Fire Crystals. Outside, underneath the combat carriage at the top of the hill (or the bottom if you've already chopped the rope) is a Fluorite stone. 13. EAST AREA Head to the tall building in the East Area (the one with a door that has three Thunder Crystals on the lower floor) and climb up to the roof. The inner path contains a Fluorite piece. 14. EAST AREA Enter the house on the far side of the waterfall and go down the stairs inside to the docks. On the middle of the platform is a piece of Fluorite. 15. EAST AREA >From the entrance to the East Area, take Kaede to the bridges and into the door opened by the Shinobi Kit. Go down the path to the right and into the door. To the right of the door (Kaede's right) is a Fluorite piece. 16. EAST AREA In the East Area, take Kaede into the door requiring the Shinobi Kit in the house near the waterfall. Go down the paths until you get to a room with a Magic Mirror and a ladder. Climb up the ladder, and destroy the crates. On the left side of the room, under where the crates were, is the 16th Fluorite stone. 17. EAST AREA If you continue from the save room mentioned in Fluorite piece 16, go down the following hallway to the very end and enter the door. In a circle of rope on a chest is the next Fluorite piece. 18. THE DARK REALM On the fifth level of the Dark Realm, look for a treasure chest containing some Fluorite. 19. THE DARK REALM Open the treasure chest on the Dark Realm's tenth level to uncover some more Fluorite. 20. THE DARK REALM The fifteenth floor of the Dark Realm contains a Fluorite stone, too. Look inside the treasure chest. ________________________________________________________________________ =============== SECRETS =============== ________________________________________________________________________ Onimusha is packed full of secrets, bonuses, and extras, all of which require you to do something special in order to unlock them. Some are practical, some are enticing, and some are humorous. The wide variety of secrets are listed in this section. -EASY MODE- The game is defaulted on Normal Mode; in fact, you don't even have the option of selecting the Easy Mode when you first start. After you die a few times on the Normal Mode, Capcom decides to say "Hey, you suck, why not try something easier?" and opens up the Easy Mode for you. I played a little ways into a game on Easy Mode, and the only difference I found was that enemies didn't take off as much damage with their attacks. I mean, uh, I wouldn't know anything about the Easy Mode, 'cuz I've never died. Honest. -SAMANOSUKE EXTRA- Samanosuke's extra, the Panda Costume, is quite an oddity. Watching Samanosuke run around acting serious in a Panda suit is strange to say the least. The head of the Panda can be taken on or off with the L2 button, and when you receive the gauntlet, it's in the shape of a flower. To unlock this bizarre feature, simply complete the game (with 10-19 Fluorite pieces collected), and when you begin a new game, choose "EXTRA" for Samanosuke. Keep in mind that you can't take the Panda Costume off, and the quick laughs the costume produces fade quickly. -ONIMUSHA 2 TRAILER- Wondering if there's gonna be a sequel to Onimusha? You bet, and you can even see a quick black and white trailer of the game. The movie you're shown is very short and doesn't show you much other than the new hero in Onimusha 2 and him slicing through some new enemies. To unlock the trailer, just complete the game while collecting zero to nine Fluorite pieces. -KAEDE EXTRA- Kaede's extra costume is, like Samanosuke's, an unusual get-up. Kaede's style is a red dress, complete with bat wings and a little tail. Also like Samanosuke's costume, this is more for a quick laugh than anything else. Unlock the new dress by obtaining an S Rank after completing the game (the best ranking). -ONI SPIRITS MINI-GAME- The Oni Spirits mini-game is a very challenging and frustrating game. It will not only take skill to beat it, but to unlock it. You must find all 20 Fluorite pieces to open it up. Use the Fluorite Guide in this FAQ to aide you. -ULTIMATE MODE- One of the coolest features you can unlock, the Ultimate Mode makes completing the game a lot easier and a lot more fun. First and foremost, you start out with the Bishamon Sword. You will also have unlimited bullets, unlimited arrows, and 99 Soul Absorbers. You will also never run out of magic. To unlock it, get through all 12 Stages of the Oni Spirits game... which isn't an easy feat. *More Secrets Coming Soon!!!* ________________________________________________________________________ =============== DARK REALM GUIDE =============== ________________________________________________________________________ The funny-looking cocoon guy (rumored to be an insane Saimyou) that drops down in the magic mirror room on the first floor of the Keep and in the West Area's well will transport you to an area in the Dark Realm. He will offer to take you after you defeat the Doppleganger. The Dark Realm is a small place where you battle wave after wave of monsters. There is a total of 20 different floors in the Dark Realm, each harder than the last. However, the further you go down, the more and better prizes you will receive. It's dangerous, but the efforts you put into it are well worth it. Consult the guide below for information on what items and enemies can be found on what floors as well as tips for clearing each and every level. -GENERAL TIPS- The Dark Realm is a great place to accumulate red souls for enhancing weapons. Blue souls are also rather frequent, so don't be afraid to use those magic attacks when you have to. Yellow souls, however, are very rare. You'll only get them by doing something exemplary, such as ground stabbing a Cloaked Demon. Using a Soul Absorber can be useful against some of the tougher enemies. You'll need to use quite a bit of Medicine on your way down, but don't worry. The Bishamon Sword you'll eventually gain will easily be worth it. -LEVEL 1- Color: Red Enemies: 10 Demon Warriors Item: None The first level is simple, just be sure not to let the Demon Warriors crowd you. Try to distance yourself from them at the start, then come charging in. The long, powerful Enryuu works best. -LEVEL 2- Color: Red Enemies: 7 Blade Demons Item: None Blade Demons can be quite pesky, especially in the small area you're fighting in. Don't turn your back on them or they'll come up from behind. Refrain from ground stabbing or you'll be a sitting duck. Use a faster sword, like the Raizan or Shippuu. -LEVEL 3- Color: Red Enemies: 2 Samurai Demons, 5 Demon Warriors Item: None Get the Demon Warriors off your back first while keeping a distance from the Samurai Demons. After the little guys are taken care of, concentrate on the biggins. Remember that the Hit and Run tactic works well on them. -LEVEL 4- Color: Red Enemies: 4 Samurai Demons Item: None With two Samurai Demons attacking at once, things get a little tougher. Either time your attacks very well (pay attention to those arms moving!) or just get things done quickly with a bit of fire magic. -LEVEL 5- Color: Red Enemies: 2 Samurai Demons, 5 Blade Demons Item: Fluorite Blade Demons and Samurai Demons are a bad mix. Like with the Demon Warriors, take out the Blade Demons first, then work on the Samurai Demons. The fast-moving Blade Demons make it more likely you'll get hit by the Samurai Demon, so be extra cautious. -LEVEL 6- Color: Red Enemies: 12 Spiked Demons Item: None This is cake. The Spiked Demons are slow, weak, and easy to take out. Use the Enryuu to make quick work of them. -LEVEL 7- Color: Red Enemies: 8 Hecubites Item: None The Hecubites have tough skin, which makes them take longer to defeat. Make sure one doesn't get the idea to chomp on your arm while you fight another by switching between Hecubites. You'll slowly but surely wear them down. The Enryuu works best for this level. -LEVEL 8- Color: Red Enemies: 10 Spiked Demons, 4 Skull Clouds Item: None Don't worry about the Skull Clouds. Concentrate on the Spiked Demons and forget about losing a few souls. You can make up for it later. Once more, equip the Enryuu for this bout. -LEVEL 9- Color: Red Enemies: 3 Minotaur Demons, 6 Spiked Demons Item: Medicine Since Minotaur Demons are really annoying with their long axes, and since you'll be using magic anyway, take them out first with a thunderbolt or other suitable magic, then concentrate on the less threatening Spiked Demons. -LEVEL 10- Color: Red Enemies: 6 Minotaur Demons, 4 Skull Clouds Item: Fluorite This is one of the hardest levels to get by, and you'll definitely need to use a vial or two of medicine. Use any magic you have left to take out the Minotaur Demons first. Standing close doesn't work at all when there's two around, so try your best to Hit and Run if you run out of magic. Take out the Skull Clouds at the end. -LEVEL 11- Color: Green Enemies: 5 Reynaldo Item: None The first green-colored level is also the first spotting of the Reynaldo enemies. 5 Reynaldo may not seem like much, but considering that most split in two when you hit them, the number is more around ten. Use the Enryuu to cut through them, and sometimes you'll kill them instead of doubling their numbers. -LEVEL 12- Color: Green Enemies: 4 Reynaldo, 4 Skull Clouds Item: Soul Absorber The Skull Clouds don't make things much more challenging (unless they decide to grab your hand). Like usual, concentrate on the Reynaldo first with your Enryuu. -LEVEL 13- Color: Green Enemies: 5 Hecubites, 4 Reynaldo Item: Talisman Good timing is key here. Slice the Reynaldo in two, then while they're getting up, take out the Hecubites. Concentrate on the more dangerous and annoying Reynaldo first. The Enryuu works the best. -LEVEL 14- Color: Green Enemies: 3 Cloaked Demons Item: Herb This level, though it may seem intimidating with Cloaked Demons, is rather easy. Since the Cloaked Demons appear one at a time and all their attacks can be easily blocked, there's no real danger. -LEVEL 15- Color: Green Enemies: 2 Cloaked Demons, 5 Reynaldo Item: Fluorite While the Cloaked Demon is moving, get a few swings into the Reynaldo. You'll want to kill the Reynaldo first, but be careful about the attacking Cloaked Demon. -LEVEL 16- Color: Blue Enemies: 8 Ninjas Item: Herb Ninja Demons are rather troublesome, especially in the packs they come out in. Use the mighty Enryuu to kill them quickly. Don't wait around or put yourself at a distance from the Ninjas (beware the Needle Shot!). -LEVEL 17- Color: Blue Enemies: 2 Samurai Demons, 4 Shielded Samurai Demons Item: None What fun! Lots of Samurai Demons, and look, most of them have shields! Hit and Running and magic is the most useful here. A quick sword will be nice to have, so try using the Shippuu for this level (the Enryuu will still work well). -LEVEL 18- Color: Blue Enemies: 2 Cloaked Demons, 4 Ninja Demons Item: Herb Cloaked Demons and Ninja Demons are a painful combination. The Ninja Demons are the most serious threat, so defeat them before moving on to the Cloaked Demons. Be prepared to stop and block the attacks of the Cloaked Demons. Use the Enryuu for the power you'll need. -LEVEL 19- Color: Blue Enemies: 3 Shielded Samurai Demons, 5 Ninja Demons Item: None As usual, the Ninja Demons are more dangerous with their speedy and unrelenting attack, so finish them off first. The Enryuu and some wind magic will prove invaluable. -LEVEL 20- Color: Blue Enemies: 3 Minotaur Demons, 3 Cloaked Demons Item: Bishamon Ocarina Another lovely combination, this level forces you to choose which of the tough bad guys are worse. The Minotaurs Demons should be dispatched prior to the Cloaked Demons. Magic will be very helpful, as well as some medicine. Use the Enryuu. ________________________________________________________________________ =============== RANKING GUIDE =============== ________________________________________________________________________ After completing the game and watching the credits roll, you'll be ranked on your completion of the game. The different categories are Time, Souls Absorbed, Enemies Defeated, Dark Realm Floors Accessed, and Fluorite pieces collected. Only the first three categories, however, effect your ranking. Ranking are based on a point system. Depending on the number or time, you get more or less points. Below is how many points you get for each category. - TIME - 5+ Hours: 3 points 4 - 5 Hours: 5 points 3 - 4 Hours: 7 points 0 - 3 Hours: 10 points - SOULS ABSORBED - 0 - 34,999: 3 points 35,000 - 44,999: 5 points 45,000 - 54,999: 7 points 55,000+: 10 points - ENEMIES DEFEATED - 0 - 399: 3 points 400 - 499: 5 points 500 - 599: 7 points 600+: 10 points ===== FINAL RANKING ===== Add up the scores above to get your final ranking. Your grade is based on the results below. D Grade: 9 points C Grade: 10 - 17 points B Grade: 18 - 24 points A Grade: 25 - 29 points S Grade: 30 points Thanks to IGNGuides for the information in this section. ________________________________________________________________________ =============== ONI SPIRITS GUIDE =============== ________________________________________________________________________ The Oni Spirits mini-game, which is unlocked after you collect all 20 Fluorite Pieces in the game, is probably the most difficult challenge you'll face in Onimusha. Read below for the basic play of the game, strategies, and information on each of the stages. - BASIC GAMEPLAY - The basic premise of this mini-game is that you must free the Oni Spirits from their Oni pots before the demons do. But not only must you race against the demons to break open the pots, your life is slowly being consumed from being in this realm. This makes things doubly complicated and doubly hard. This game is made up of 12 stages. - STRATEGIES - 1. You start the game with one Herb, and you will collect a few more as you make your way through the game. Herbs will replenish a small amount of your health, which can oftentimes save you from dying. Use them carefully, as you don't get many. 2. Whenever you go into a new stage, your life will be fully replenished. Also, moments before exiting a stage, your vitality will stop decreasing. In this short period of time before exiting, run and collect any items that you've missed. 3. Killing enemies will yield life. Killing demons will also stop them from destroying the Oni Pots. However, spend too much time killing the demons and you'll lose too much of your vitality. Some special pots contain small vitality souls. 4. You don't need to absorb the Oni Spirits to save them, so don't waste your time. 5. Break as many Oni Pots as you can at a time. The Enryuu has a larger chop, and it doesn't send you flying forward, so it's a good weapon to use. 6. Use the items you pick up along the way. Bullets and Burst Bullets are excellent ways to take out enemies quickly, as well as fire and lightning magic. Use the wind magic to destroy many Oni Pots at a time. ~ STAGE INFORMATION ~ - STAGE 1 - Release Oni: 28 Break Vases: 20 Enemies: 1 Demon Warrior Items: Herb - STAGE 2 - Release Oni: 34 Break Vases: 20 Enemies: 2 Demon Warriors Items: Bullets, Shiden (Thunder Orb) - STAGE 3 - Release Oni: 39 Break Vases: 26 Enemies: 1 Samurai Demon, 1 Skull Cloud Items: Matchlock - STAGE 4 - Release Oni: 38 Break Vases: 26 Enemies: 2 Blade Demons Items: Bullets, Kouen (Fire Orb) - STAGE 5 - Release Oni: 36 Break Vases: 28 Enemies: 2 Samurai Demons, 1 Skull Cloud Items: Bullets - STAGE 6 - Release Oni: 6 Break Vases: 6 Enemies: 2 Demon Warriors Items: Herb - STAGE 7 - Release Oni: 39 Break Vases: 32 Enemies: 2 Samurai Demons, 1 Skull Cloud Items: Arashi (Wind Orb) - STAGE 8 - Release Oni: 42 Break Vases: 36 Enemies: ( Spiked Demons Items: Burst Bullets, Holy Armor - STAGE 9 - Release Oni: 42 Break Vases: 36 Enemies: 1 Minotaur Demon, 2 Skull Clouds Items: Burst Bullets - STAGE 10 - Release Oni: 6 Break Vases: 6 Enemies: 2 Blade Demons, 1 Samurai Demon Items: Herb - STAGE 11 - Release Oni: 40 Break Vases: 30 Enemies: 2 Blade Demons, 1 Samurai Demon Items: None - STAGE 12 - Release Oni: 44 Break Vases: 36 Enemies: 2 Minotaur Demons, 1 Spiked Demon ________________________________________________________________________ _ ___/|____|\______________________________________________________| |_ |__|||____||______________________________________________________|_|_\ ||| |/ \___/ ||| ================ PART 5: MISCELLANEOUS ================ ||| __|||______________________________________________________/|____|||__ /__|_|______________________________________________________||____|||__| /___\ \| ||| | | ||| |_| \| =============== ADDITIONAL TIPS =============== Below are some basic tips that give you hints or clues on how to generally find or complete things in the game, and with lots of witty titles that I created myself! If you're new to this genre or just plain suck at video games, this section is for you (which means all of you besides me should read this). Oh, if you were offended by that last sentence, HA HA! Loser! 1. SEARCH AND SEIZURE While looking for Fluorite or other hidden items, press the X Button everywhere (particularly against walls). You'll be surprised at the stuff you find. 2. HERB AND JUDY Don't be afraid to use healing agents. There are quite a few to be found in the game and you certainly can afford to use some every once in a while. Use medicine or herbs while fighting bosses or as Kaede, but never Samanosuke in normal territory (he can absorb souls to get the life he needs). 3. USE YOUR LIFELINE Search and find all of the locations of Power Jewels and Magic Jewels so that you can increase your Vitality and Magic Meters. Having higher maximums will help you more than you can imagine. 4. SAVE... UM... I CAN THINK OF SOMETHING WITTY! JUST WAIT! Save as often as you can, and preferably have multiple files at once. Therefore, if you mess up, you can go back without having to forfeit much. If you have multiple files for the same game, and you find out you made a big mistake by using those 8 medicines at once, you can magically erase it all and start from where you still had them. 5. DON'T BE CARELESS A lot of the time the downfall and death of Samanosuke can be due to carelessness. You think that the enemy isn't getting any hits on you, so you can push for more attacks. Don't be stubborn. Most of the time the enemy will hit you hard when you try to grab for more. Don't push it, just be patient. 6. MORE THAN ONE WAY (YES, I'VE GIVEN UP ON BEING WITTY) Sometimes if you defeat an enemy in an alternate or particularly challenging way, you'll get more or better souls. For example, if you defeat a Cloaked Demon by ground stabbing its invisible head while it's in the ground, you'll get more souls, including yellow life-replenishing ones. Try different methods to get better stuff. ________________________________________________________________________ =============== FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS =============== ________________________________________________________________________ I get loads of mail each day from readers wondering how to do something. Most of the times it's "How do I start my computer?" or "Where in the world in Carmen Sandiego?", but every once in a while I get a worthwhile question that isn't answered in the rest of the FAQ. If several people end up asking it, then I deem it "Frequent" and put it in this section. Thus the title "Frequently Asked Questions". Oh yes, and there are answers here, too. I'm not THAT cruel. Q: How do you move the tiles in the Water Puzzle? A: To move the tiles, you must hold down the X button and then move the D-Pad in the desired direction. Be sure the tile you want is highlighted beforehand, too. Q: What scenes can I skip though in the game? A: You can skip through the intro movie, Yuki's Letter, the ending movie, and the credits by pressing Start. Unfortunately, you must watch everything else in between, which becomes quite tedious when you've played the game through five times already. Q: Did Capcom cut out a scene from the US version of the game? A: Sort of. The scene where Hecubus takes Yumemaru into the Dark Realm was modified due to some "controversial" material. If you'd like to see the unedited Japanese version of the cutscene, go to http://ps2.ign.com/news/33472.html and take a look at the movie. Don't worry about it being very offensive, though, it's just a tad more suggestive. ________________________________________________________________________ =============== CONTACT INFO =============== ________________________________________________________________________ Have some questions about the game? Comments about my FAQ? Know something I left out? See info I got wrong? If there's something you need to know or say about my FAQ, be sure to: E-mail me Questions or Comments: firstname.lastname@example.org BEFORE YOU SEND ME STUFF, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING: 1. Try to find what you need in the FAQ first. I've spent hours and hours writing all this, and for a reason, so look here to try to find the answer to your question(s). If the information you ask for is already in the FAQ, I will likely just direct you to where it is in the FAQ. 2. Put the word "Onimusha", "Onimusha: Warlords", or similar phrasing as the title of your e-mail. This makes things a lot easier for me. 3. 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Full credit will be given. ________________________________________________________________________ =============== CREDITS/OTHER =============== ________________________________________________________________________ READER CREDITS: - Trevor Covert: For his great work on copy editing the FAQ. - NEO101: For the names of several key characters, including Guildstern, Osric, and Hecuba. - Big Daddy Bowman: For the name of the Doppleganger and Hecubites. - Xylo186: For information on the Minotaur Demons and the Skull Clouds, as well as a nice reminder of the Strike Attack. - JP: For letting me know what the Soul Absorber does. - Anonymous: For the information on what Fluorite unlocks, the Holy Armor, and Kaede's attacks. - Dave: For informing me that you can kill the Demon Warriors below on your first time on the Keep's balcony. SOURCE CREDITS: -IGN Guides: For the detailed solution to the Water Trap Puzzle, the information for the Rankings Guide, and some of the stage information I missed for the Oni Spirits game. -Game Informer Magazine: Gathered information for the introduction from their March '01 issue. Ha ha, that Reiner. -Onimusha: For the item and weapon descriptions. -The Onimusha Instruction Booklet: For the Story, Character bios, and Item descriptions. SPECIAL THANKS: *Capcom: For the fun and fantastic game Onimusha. C'est bon! *Links Digiworks: For the totally bitchin' CG movies. Way to go. *Jeff "CJayC" Veasey: Well, might as well suck up a bit. Maybe I'll get FAQ of the Week for saying "Thanks CJayC! I love you!". *Cool Ranch Doritos: Yech! These things are awful! 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