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Dynasty Warriors 2 (Shin Sangoku Musou) – FAQ, Secrets, & Cheats

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Welcome to 3kingdoms’ Dynasty Warriors 2 FAQ, Secrets, and Cheats guide. Here we will collect basic game information, codes, cheats, secrets, and strategies. For more information please refer to one of the walkthroughs or guides listed on the right-hand (black) menu. If you have anything to add to this file please e-mail the Webmaster.

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Game Tips and Tricks

Archers are not your friend.
Wherever you go try to kill archers first. Not only do they do good damage but they will also prevent you from guarding against officers and will often times get you hit several more times in addition to the original arrow. Make it a priority to hunt them down and kill them whenever you see them.

Sub-generals and their powerups.
If you need to build up your character keep an eye on the generals list while in combat. If you see an opposing officer check the list to see if he has any subordinates. If he does, kill them first to get their bonuses. If you kill the commander first the subordinate generals will retreat and you will not get their attack or defense bonus.

Enemy officers, healing, and power/defense bonuses.
A few quick notes on this: enemy officers (and gate captains) will heal or get attackx2s/defensex2s when you knock them over. To avoid this do not knock them over (see below). Even if you haven’t really figured out how to fight them without doing this it helps to know that they have a limited amount of powerups to use against you. Some gate captains may only have one health, but Lu Bu and commanding generals in later levels (Sun Quan, Cao Cao, Liu Bei) will have a seemingly endless supply. One sign that they are running out occurs when they start getting more attackx2s and defensex2s than health.

Be nice to powerful enemy generals, don’t knock them over.
Enemy generals will heal or get attackx2s or defensex2s when you knock them over. If you have ever tried to fight Cao Cao or Lu Bu with an attackx2 active (and you have been hit) you know the problems this leads to. Here is a way to kill these officers while preventing them from healing too much. Get into hand-to-hand combat and hit them three times (don’t use your final attack to knock them down) and then defend. They will counterattack and after you have defended their blows hit them again three more times. Continue until they are defeated. A note on this strategy: it is best to do this after you defeat their guards and soldiers and it is even easier if you have no allies to “help” you fight them. Avoid charged arrows and attacks while doing this as those attacks will almost always result in them healing.

Fighting from your horse.
It is a very good idea to learn how to fight from your horse. You can hold down the L1 button while holding still to block. You can hold down the L1 button while moving to prevent your horse from galloping and to keep it facing one direction (this lets you fight solders and officers below much easier). If you move in circles while holding down L1 you can almost always dodge the solders that jump up to attack you. If you sway your horse back and forth with your attacks you can get combos on people behind you. Before long you will get so good at fighting from the horse that you can swat your attackers out of the sky without really thinking about it. All that said you are now better prepared to fight a powerful enemy general like Cao Cao or Lu Bu much easier. Once you have mastered horse combat you can usually hit them frequently while preventing them from falling down (and healing) thus killing them much faster. While you are on your horse and you are hit you will usually not be juggled either. This is great against Lu Bu who can kill normally developed characters in one set of attacks if he connects too often.

The battle is hopeless and you will loose soon, what to do?
This will happen to weaker characters on levels like Chi Bi and Wu Zhang Plains and to everyone on harder difficulties at some point or another. If the battle is going so poorly that you know your commander will soon be defeated and the enemy officers are too powerful to fight because of their morale there is only one thing you can do. You must attack the enemy commander. You won’t be able to defeat them in hand-to-hand, but there is a way. Get a horse if you can (you can usually get one by waiting for a horse general or soldier to run past you followed by an arrow shot to get them off the horse and on the ground) and start running/galloping as fast as you can toward the enemy commander. Break all boxes found on the way in an attempt to get as many arrows as possible. When you reach him find a spot outside of his charge range (he will just stand there on the map waiting for you to get close) but within your arrow shot view. Fight and defeat the soldiers right next to you and as soon as you have an opening start shooting at the commander. If you stay far enough away he will just take your hits (along with his bodyguards every once and a while) and will be defeated before long. If soldiers reappear to attack you (they will) try not to worry about them, just keep shooting (even if they are chopping on your back). If you turn to fight them the enemy general will usually get back on his horse. That means the next arrow you shoot might make them heal. If the soldiers are doing too much damage and you know they will kill you first stop and attack them. You must always stop to fight them if they get in front of you. If you run out of arrows before they enemy commander is dead run in and attack using the 3-hit technique detailed above (what do you have to loose?). If you do this correctly you should be able to pull the battle from the jaws of defeat more often than not.

Restore officers health to full without save.
When you get to a save point you can restore your officer’s health without saving the game. Just select the save option and when the next menu comes up choose cancel. Not much of a trick, but is will help anyone suffering from manic impatience (like me).

Get better weapons and armor from generals and gate captains.
All gate captains drop Defense +1 shields and officers may drop anything from Def +1 / Att +1 to Def +8 / Att +10. If you hit an officer or gate captain with a large combo you can increase the power of the item they drop. 8 hits = +2, 16 hits = +4, 24 hits = +8 (you cannot get the +10 weapons this way). You must also make sure this combo is the death blow, it will not count if they survive the attack. For example, if an officer drops a +2 normally and you hit him with an 8 hit combo you will not increase his drop, but if you hit him with a 16 hit combo he will drop a +4. Doing this is vital if you want to complete the game with characters on your first run through Musou on normal or hard if you have not yet built them up.

There are a few tricks that make it easy to get +8 weapons and shields. The first is with your bow and a full musou bar and many arrows. First, find your target and get a clear shot at them. It helps if you can aim at them from a 90° angle relative to the direction they are facing (this usually ensures that they will not fall out of your combo). Be certain that your attack will kill them (it will be a waste if it doesn’t). Walk slowly toward them until they charge you and then let loose with your combo. Hit them with arrows until your musou bar runs out. Depending on your character’s musou bar you will get a +4 or a +8 from your enemy. If you don’t have the chance to be so precise you can try hitting them with the musou after you have stunned them with a charged arrow.

The other one is much harder, but if it works it will almost always get you a +8. Have you ever been riding your horse along a mountain side and accidentally pinned one of your solders between you and the mountain? The poor solder will grind against the wall until you pull away or the shape of the wall changes (you can hit them more than 50 times this way). It is a fluke this way and you will probably see it only 4 or so times while playing the game. One the other hand if you get a gate captain or officer to chase you in to a corner you can make this happen on purpose. Wait for them to jump and attack you from behind or the side, back up (but don’t block), and then charge them as they pass over you. If you catch them falling between your horse and the wall you will be able to grind away 24 hits (and their life) without difficulty. This gets much easier with practice.

Mystery items in the manual?
Observant players will notice two unusual items in the instruction manual with question marks below. One, the sword, is pretty easy to get (on Chang Ban - Wei Side: Kill Zhao Yun, on Chang Ban - Shu Side: Kill Xiahou En, on He Fei - Wu Side: Kill Zhang Liao). The represents the “Luminous Sword” from the RTK novel. Xiahou En, Cao Cao’s sword-bearer, was carrying it and Zhao Yun took it from him. The other is a baby (representing the time Zhao Yun save Liu Bei’s child. You can only get it on Chang Ban after Cao Cao’s reinforcements arrive. It will be in a box to the central South and when collected gives you an extra 2000 points. 3/7/02

Rotate characters after a battle victory.
After you win a battle wait for a moment after the battle score has been displayed. You can now press L1 or R1 to rotate your character and see them from different angles.

Ride your horse in restricted areas.
(From KWAME`’s walkthrough found here on GameFAQs)
“Find part of a wall (or barrier) that the horses head & hooves can go through... next turn your horse around, at the same time press block (on some occasions the defense button isn't necessary), back up into the wall. With some patience, you should go through the obstruction; wall, gate, etc. By doing this you can get your horse past the point were it normally isn't allowed to go. This has been tested at the Yellow Turban Rebellion, Hu Lao Gate & the Battle of Chi Bi. This being the case... no particular stage should be an exception to the rule.”

Game Cheats & Secrets

BGM Test Mode
At the game title screen press L1 (x3), R1 (x3), L2, R2. A noise will confirm correct entry of this code. After you hear this confirmation noise go to the options, select ‘Sound’, then select ‘BGM Test’. You can now select and listen to any stage background music featured in the game. For the Japanese version the code is R1 (x2), R2 (x2), L1 (x2), L2 (x2).

Unlock Game Opening Edit Mode
At the game title screen press R2, R2, R2, L2, L2, L2, R1, L1. A noise will confirm correct entry of this code. If done correctly you will be able to access this new feature under the options menu. For the Japanese version the code is L1, L2, R2, R1, L1, L2, R2, R1.

Alternate Game Intro
Beat the game with any general on any difficulty setting in Musou mode to get an alternate game introduction screen.

Reset Game
At any point during gameplay press Select + Start to return to the main game menu. Your current game will not be saved. This trick works is many PlayStation and PlayStation II games.

Unlock All Generals
At the game title screen press Square (x2), L1, L2, R1, R2, Square (x2). A noise will confirm correct entry of this code. If done correctly you will have unlocked all secret characters in the game. For the Japanese version the code is Square, R1, Square, R2, Square, R2, Square, R1.

Unlock All Shu (Liu Bei/Zhuge Liang’s) Generals
At the game title screen press Square, R1 (x5), R2 (x2). A noise will confirm correct entry of this code. If done correctly you will have unlocked all secret Shu officers available in the game.

Unlock All Wei (Cao Cao/Sima Yi’s) Generals
At the game title screen press Square (x4), R2 (x2), R1 (x2). A noise will confirm correct entry of this code. If done correctly you will have unlocked all secret Wei officers available in the game. For the Japanese version the code is Square (x3), L1 (x2), L2 (x3).

Unlock All Wu (Sun Quan/Ce/Jian’s) Generals
At the game title screen press Square (x2), R2 (x2), R1 (x2). A noise will confirm correct entry of this code. If done correctly you will have unlocked all secret Wu officers available in the game. For the Japanese version the code is Square (x2), L2 (x4), L1 (x2).

Unlock All Stages for Freemode
At the game title screen press L2, L1, R1, R2, L2, L1, R1, R2, L2. A noise will confirm correct entry of this code. If done correctly you will have unlocked all stages for freemode gameplay.

Unlock Side Selection for Freemode
At the game title screen press Triangle (hold down), R1, L1, L2, R2, R1, L1, L2, R2. A noise will confirm correct entry of this code. If done correctly you will now be able to choose what side to fight against in the freemode battles. For the Japanese version the code is Square (hold down), R1 (x2), L1 (x2), R2 (x2), L2 (x2).

Secret Generals

Cao Cao (Wei)
Complete the game in Musou mode with Xiahou Dun, Dian Wei, Xu Zhu, Xiahou Yuan, Zhang Liao, and Sima Yi (every general) from the Wei kingdom (blue) on any difficulty.

Gan Ning (Wu)
Complete the game in Musou mode with Zhou Yu, Lu Xun, or Sun Shang Xiang from the Wu kingdom (red) on any difficulty.

Huang Zhong (Shu)
Complete the game in Musou mode with Zhang Fei, Zhao Yun, or Guan Yu from the Shu kingdom (green) on any difficulty.

Jiang Wei (Shu)
Complete the game in Musou mode with Zhang Fei, Zhao Yun, or Guan Yu from the Shu kingdom (green) on any difficulty.

Liu Bei (Shu)
Complete the game in Musou mode with Zhang Fei, Zhao Yun, Guan Yu, Huang Zhong, Ma Chao, Jiang Wei, and Zhuge Liang (every general) from the Shu kingdom (green) on any difficulty.

Lu Bu (Unaligned)
Complete the second level (Hu Lau Guan) with 1,000 or more KOs. This can be done on any difficulty and in Musou mode or freemode. You should do this on normal or hard difficulty, that way your allies perform poorly against your enemies (giving you the chance to kill more soldiers). Run ahead of your army until there are no allies to be found, go near a gate captain, and kill as many soldiers as you can before your bodyguards start fighting at your side. When your bodyguards join you in combat ditch them and run until you get near another gate. Kill soldiers again until your bodyguards arrive and then turn and run again. Your character should be very powerful to attempt this which means your bodyguards will be to, it is vital that you prevent them from taking your kills. Every soldier counts. Never kill gate captains unless it can’t be helped and avoid killing officers at all costs as that will improve your side’s morale (very bad). Let your generals die, but make sure Yuan Shao is safe (that should not be a problem). You will have him unlocked in no time if you do this correctly. If you are as low as 700 when you get to Dong Zhuo remember that you can still make it. I have gotten 300+ kills in that last section along with my bodyguards fighting at my side. If it makes you feel any better it took me 4 tries and over 2 hours to pull this off the first time.

Lu Meng (Wu)
Complete the game in Musou mode with Zhou Yu, Lu Xun, or Sun Shang Xiang from the Wu kingdom (red) on any difficulty.

Ma Chao (Shu)
Complete the game in Musou mode with Zhang Fei, Zhao Yun, or Guan Yu from the Shu kingdom (green) on any difficulty.

Sima Yi (Wei)
Complete the game in Musou mode with Xiahou Dun, Dian Wei, and Xu Zhu from the Wei kingdom (blue) on any difficulty.

Sun Jian (Wu)
Complete the game in Musou mode with Zhou Yu, Lu Xun, Sun Shang Xiang, Taishi Ci, Lu Meng, and Gan Ning (every general but Sun Quan) from the Wu kingdom (red) on any difficulty.

Sun Quan (Wu)
Complete the game in Musou mode with Zhou Yu, Lu Xun, Sun Shang Xiang, Taishi Ci, Lu Meng, and Gan Ning (every general but Sun Jian) from the Wu kingdom (red) on any difficulty.

Taishi Ci (Wu)
Complete the game in Musou mode with Zhou Yu, Lu Xun, or Sun Shang Xiang from the Wu kingdom (red) on any difficulty.

Xiahou Yuan (Wei)
Complete the game in Musou mode with any general from the Wei kingdom (blue) on any difficulty.

Zhang Liao (Wei)
Complete the game in Musou mode with any general from the Wei kingdom (blue) on any difficulty.

Zhuge Liang (Shu)
Complete the game in Musou mode with Zhang Fei, Zhao Yun, and Guan Yu from the Shu kingdom (green) on any difficulty.

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