Presenting a general gameplay and troubleshooting information repository for Dynasty Warriors 4. Featured bits include a collection of Frequently Asked Questions along with my answers, some information on hardware and software glitches, and some tips and tricks. Feel free to submit any additions you like.
Frequently Asked Questions from my inbox. These are the questions that I generally get asked every single day by people who are looking to buy the game. If you have any questions please read this full document before contacting me.
One or two players.
They will be posted on this site as soon as they are available. Check for updates.
Check this page for updates; we will always post here as soon as we hear something.
Nope, so there.
Yes, in fact, I think it is the best installment yet.
Why do people ask me this? When in doubt, rent before you buy.
While they may have removed them from the game, they are still basically available. The new officer edit mode allows you to make near duplicates of them, right down to their unique weapons and fighting styles.
Below you will find a list of various hardware and software game glitches that we have encountered or had reported to us. Some of them are actually pretty serious (the dueling system is basically messed up) while others might be amusing or useful.
This problem has been reported by numerous people. To solve the problem unplug your controller and then plug it back in. We hear this problem only occurs with older PS2 models, and some report that after plugging a Dual Shock controller into the player two port it goes away. You can also try turning vibration off.
When you duel several bonuses your officer has are removed for the combat (Tiger Amulet, Horned Helmet, and others excluding Peacock Urn and Dragon Amulet). After the duel, however, the game forgets to reinstate their bonuses. We have confirmed that this problem occurs with mounted combat bonuses, the Tiger Amulet, and the Tortoise Amulet. It probably also removes other passive bonuses. How can you avoid this? Don’t duel. I can’t figure out how this one got past beta testing.
If you are ever in a duel and you are going to lose, simply run up right against a wall and aim outside the duel area with your area. Do not release your AIM and the counter will run out. The enemy officer just doesn’t attack you. This glitch existed in the Japanese version, and we aren’t sure why they didn’t fix it. It basically defeats the purpose of the duel system.
In Yi Ling on Wu side when clearing the Stone Warriors Formation it is possible to “cheat” a little. If you are mounted and run directly to one of the passages to the right or left when you enter a new room and the stone slab moves up to block you, you can ride your horse right up and over it. You cannot reach the slab directly across from you in time.
If you hop off your horse right against a wall, there is a fair chance that you won’t be able to mount it again. You will just stand next to it jumping whenever you try. Sometimes you can manage to get on it from just the right angle, but on occasion you loose the fellow for the remainder of the level. Lesson: don’t part horses right next to walls.
Lightning is a marvelous element for your weapon; it gives you quick follow-up combos when officers and soldiers would normally be knocked to the ground. The drawback? Whenever you kill an officer or soldier with the lightning strike dealing the finishing blow, you do not get the actual kill.
A collection of gameplay tips, tricks, and suggestions mixed with a few frequently asked questions (like the first two). Read these tidbits to speed up officer progress or generally simplify an element of gameplay (as if Dynasty Warriors 4 wasn’t easy enough).
The Elemental Orbs are found the same way as items. After you pick up an item in any given stage there is a chance it will be an Elemental Orb once you complete it. Elemental Orbs are generally more difficult to get than most items, but I do not think they are as hard to find as Elixirs (the rarest item).
There are two good ways to get Lv. 20 Items and Lv. 4 Orbs. The first of which is Yi Ling, Wu Side, on hard difficulty. Simply start a game and make sure you defeat all sub-officers. Yi Ling provides great items, powerups, and you will always get five. Do this stage over and over again.
Your other option is Wu Zhang Plains. Start a game on hard difficulty, Wei or Shu side, and clear it out. There are five items to pick up. 1) Above Zhang He’s position in the valley heading to Sima Yi’s castle. 2) Center of the map above the river. 3) Southeaster are of the map north from the gate captain. 4) Southern central area of map, west outside the Shu castle in a small alcove. 5) Top of the map near the gate captain. You could also finish the officers off, save, collect the items, then reset if you didn’t like what you received.
Once you reach a stage commander or other major officer that gives out good weapon experience, mount a horse and then hit them with a charge attack over and over again. Each hit will provide you with a good amount of weapon experience, but generally won’t do a lot of damage (nearly all officers earn weapon experience for charge attacks from a horse). Once you have Shadow Runner, you can do this without getting knocked off (the best approach). You can get more weapon experience from the final enemy in a stage than you do from everyone else combined using this trick.
Once someone pounds the crap out of you in a duel and you are wishing you could retreat, you can run up to any wall (make sure you are right up against the wall) and then aim outside. As long as you are aiming outside the enemy officer will not attack you.
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July 27, 2009