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KESSEN II FAQ By Sean Twomey (sirashe1@aol.com)

Version 1.0- FAQ/Walkthrough just started 
(10/28/01)

Kessen II is Koei's sequel to Kessen obviously. 
It is a strategy/war simulation game based 
loosely on the period of Chinese History found 
in the Romance of Three Kingdoms series, also 
by Koei. It is a fantastic game, with awesome 
visuals found on the battlefields, in the spell 
effects, and in the cut scenes. 

I bought the game the first week it was out 
And have played it almost non-stop up until 
now, when I finally took a break to write this 
FAQ. I have beaten the game 4 times already! 
Twice 
as Liu Bei and Twice as Cao Cao, on different 
difficulty levels. Now without further ado, 
here is the FAQ: 

*Note* As of now this FAQ should only be found 
in one place: www.gamefaqs.com

INDEX
-I. BASICS
    1. Introduction
    2. Flow Chart
    3. Political Policy
    4. Officer Attributes
    5. Special Abilities
    6. Troop Types
    7. Formations
    8. Types of Attacks
-II. CHARACTERS
    1. Liu Bei's Army (Shu)
       A. Officer Info
       B. Officer Ratings
       C. Special Abilities
    2. Cao Cao's Army (Wei)
       A. Officer Info
       B. Officer Ratings
       C. Special Abilities
    3. Sun Quan's Army (Wu)
    4. Other Characters
-III. GENERAL BATTLEFIELD TIPS
    1. Land Battles
    2. Naval Battles
    3. Siege Battles
-IV. LIU BEI'S WALKTHROUGH
-V. CAO CAO'S WALKTHROUGH
-VI. SECRETS
-VII. FAQs
-VIII. MISC


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|             I. Basics                       |
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1. INTRODUCTION

In Kessen II there are a number of different 
screens you will encounter.

-The Battle Map Screen is the zoomed out view 
of the current battle you are fighting. When 
you are in this view, action in the current 
battle is suspended, so take as much time as 
you need.
-Note that you can press the SQUARE button on 
any unit to receive information on that unit.

-Press the X button on any of your army's units  
that are currently engaged in battle to zoom in 
and watch the battle.

-Press X once again to zoom in to the officer 
view. From this screen you can move the officer 
around and or execute special abilities. 

All Battles are fought either on Land or at 
Sea.
-Naval Battles are similar to land battles 
except that only one unit can engage an enemy 
unit at a time and some special abilities are 
not available.
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2. FLOW CHART

Kessen II has a general flow for each Stage:
Power Status: The military situation is 
explained using maps and the narrator.
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Political Policy: Here you can make a political 
decision to aid your conquest.
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Drama: This stage advances the story using CG 
Scenes.
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War Council: You plan your strategies for 
winning the next battle in this stage.
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Battle: You fight the current battle.
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Post-Battle: Here you receive information about  
how you fared in the battle and have the 
opportunity to save.
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Next Stage: You repeat the above 6 steps...

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The Stages in the Game Flow Chart is like this:

LIU BEI'S CAMPAIGN:

            Battle of Xu
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          Battle of Ru Nan
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         Battle of Bo Wan Po
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        Battle of Chang Ban Po
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        Showdown at Chi Bi (Naval)
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          Siege of Cheng Du
          /       |         \
         /        |          \
        /         |           \
Mt. Dinjun - Southern Campaign - Fan Zheng
        \         |           /
         \        |          /
         Battle of Tian Shui
          /       |         \
         /        |          \
        /         |           \
Xi Campaign - Chen Cang - Wei Xing
        \         |           /
         \        |          /
         Battle of Wu Chang (Naval)
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          Wei-Shu Conflict
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          Battle of East Lau 
(hidden battle available on expert level only)

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CAO CAO'S CAMPAIGN:

            Battle of Xu
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          Battle of Ru Nan
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         Battle of Bo Wan Po
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        Battle of Chang Ban Po
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        Showdown at Chi Bi (Naval)
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       The Battle at Tong Gate
          /       |         \
         /        |          \
        /         |           \
Mt. Dinjun - Fan Zheng - Xi Campaign
        \         |           /
         \        |          /
         Battle of Tian Shui
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          Siege of Cheng Du
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         Battle of Wu Chang (Naval)
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          Wei-Shu Conflict
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          Battle of Chang Zheng
(hidden battle available on expert level only)
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3. POLITICAL POLICY

Before every battle you must complete the 
political policy stage. It is very useful in 
upgrading your army.

You will always have 3 choices available and 
you must select one.

Generally the choices will be:

Policy          Result
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Recruit Troops  Increase in Troop Strength
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Train Troops     Increase Officers Abilities
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Kill Man-Eating
Tiger           Increase in Fame
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Assist Land
Development     Increase in Supplies
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Research Weapon Increase in Troop Class or
                Development of a new weapon
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Form Special
Unit            Upgrade one of your existing
                Units to a special class
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Persuade Enemy  Persuade enemy troops to desert
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Persuade Enemy
Commander       Persuade an Enemy Commander to
                Defect
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Fake Attack     Cause Enemy to Divert Troops
                Away From the Battlefield
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Threaten Enemy  Lowers Enemy Morale
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Train General   General will greatly increase
                in Abilities
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Intercept Enemy
Supplies        Lowers Enemy Morale and 
                Increases Supplies
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Recruit General  Get a General to Join Your 
Army
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As Liu Bei during the Southern Campaign you can 
hire a local Guide.
At the Final Battle as Liu Bei you can opt to 
give a speech, raising morale to 100. I HIGHLY 
suggest you do this, as it almost ensures your 
victory in the Wei-Shu Conflict.

As Cao Cao, prior to the Showdown at Chi Bi you 
can write a poem, raising morale by 10.

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4. OFFICER ATTRIBUTES

Each Officer in Kessen II has a set rating in 
various attribute categories when they join 
your army. This rating can change during the 
course of the game though.

For example, if you kill 3000+ enemy troops 
using a special ability such as charge or rush 
or raid or if you win a duel, your war 
attribute increases.

Likewise, if you kill 3000+ enemy troops with a 
magic ability, your magic attribute increases.

Fame increases when the officer's unit forces 
an enemy unit with high fame to retreat.

Experience increases if an officer survives a 
battle without retreating or when the officer's 
unit forces an enemy unit to retreat, or when 
the unit destroys the enemy's supply compound.

Attribute                Description
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War (Battle)        Officer's strength in
                    combat, includes offense,
                    defense and morale. The
                    higher it is, the more
                    likely you will win a duel.    
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Magic               Affects power of magical
                    attacks and ability to
                    withstand enemy magic
                    attacks.
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Fame                Higher rating means more
                    troops in the unit. 100
                    soldiers per fame point.
                    Higher rating also means
                    more formations available.
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Experience          Affects troop type upgrades
                    and acquisition of new
                    special abilities.
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5. SPECIAL ABILITIES

Each Officer can use a variety of Special 
Abilities; both Strategic and Magical. The 
selection and effectiveness increase as the 
officer's attributes increase.

Strategic Ability     Description
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Battle Cry            Temporarily weakens enemy 
                      and decreases their 
                      Morale.
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Duel                  Challenge opposing 
                      Commander. Victory = 
                      raise in morale. Defeat=
                      loss of morale.
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Rally                 Temporarily strengthens
                      allied soldiers and
                      raises morale.
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Raid                  Officer rampages through
                      enemy unit killing 
                      soldiers.
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Charge                Cavalry or Horse troops
                      charge through the enemy.
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Volley                Bow troops shoot arrows;
                      more effective than 
                      regular shooting.
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Iron Wall             Defends against magic
                      attacks. (press x)
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Rush                  Troops rush through  
                      enemy soldiers.
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Magical Ability       Description
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Meteor Shower         Drops meteors on enemy
                      troops in a cone radius.
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Fireball              Fireball(s) rampage 
                      through enemy lines.
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Fire Storm            Fire trails through enemy
                      troops.
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Hail                  Hail falls on enemy 
                      troops in a circular 
                      radius.
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Ice Storm             Ice encases the enemy in
                      a larger circular radius.
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Lightning             Lightning strikes the 
                      enemy in a box radius.
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Gale                  A massive gale sucks in
                      enemy troops.
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Fissure               The earth opens up,
                      swallowing enemy troops
                      down to hell.
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6. TROOP TYPES 

All troop types in Kessen II can receive 
upgrades. They occur when you choose to upgrade 
weapons in your political stage, or when you 
successfully complete a battle.

Class       Description       Officers
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Archers     Female Bow        Li Li, Himiko, Xi 
                              Xuangfeng
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Bow         Long Range       Huang Zong, Ma Su,
            Attack           Cheng Yu, Li Dan,
                             Guo Shao, Gan Ning
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Cavalry    Mounted Warriors  Mei Sanniang, Guan
                             Yu, Guan Ping, Cao
                             Cao, Xun Yu
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Crossbow  Long Range        Pang Tong, Yan Yan,
          Attack with       Cao Hong, Sima Yi,
          Crossbows         Lu Xun, Lu Su
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Elephant   High Offense     Meng Huo, Zhu Rong,
           and Defense      King Mulu, King
                            Duosi
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Foot     Armed with Swords  Liu Bei, Zhuge
                            Liang, Zhao Yun,
                            Cao Ren, Pang De,
                            Sun Quan
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Horse     Female Cavalry    Sun Li, Yu Jin
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Horesbow  Cavalry with Bows  Cai Wengi, Ma Dai,
                             Ma Chao
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Light Sword   Female Foot   Li Li, Himiko, Dong 
              Soldiers      Xuanfeng
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Spear     Armed with Spears  Zhang Fei, Zhou
                             Cang, Zhang Liao,
                             Hu Zhi, Dian Wei,
                             Fa Zheng
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Unit Upgrades

Foot
Level    Name       Offense   Defense
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1       Light Foot     2        6
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2       Foot           4        8
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3       Heavy Foot     6       10
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4       Armored Foot   8       12
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Light Sword
Level    Name       Offense   Defense
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1       Light Sword     3        5
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2       Heavy Sword     5        7
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3       Elite Sword     7        9
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4       Ultra Sword     9       11
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Spear
Level    Name       Offense   Defense
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1       Light Spear     4        3
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2       Spear           6        5
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3       Heavy Spear     8        7
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4       Armored Spear   10       9
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Archers
Level    Name             Offense   Defense
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1       Archers               2       1
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2       Heavy Archers         4       3
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3       Elite Archers         6       5
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4       Ultra Archers         8       7
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Bow
Level    Name       Offense   Defense
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1       Short Bow     2        2
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2       Bow           4        4
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3       Long Bow      6        6
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4       Marksmen      8        8
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Crossbow
Level    Name          Offense   Defense
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1       Crossbow          1        1
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2       Heavy Cross       2        2
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3       Heavy Cross       3        4
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4       Arballests        4        6
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Horsebow
Level    Name               Offense   Defense
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1       Hunters                7         6
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2       Horsebow               9         8
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3       Mongolian Horsemen     10        7
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Cavalry
Level    Name           Offense   Defense
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1       Cavalry            8         7
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2       Cavalry            10        9
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3       Heavy Cavalry      12       11
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4       Elite Cavalry      14       13
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Horse
Level    Name          Offense   Defense
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1       Horse              9         6
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2       Heavy Horse        11        8
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3       Elite Horse        13       10
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4       Ultra Horse        15       12
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Elephant
Level    Name            Offense   Defense
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1       Elephant            16        16
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2       Armored Elephant    18        18
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3       Elite Elephant      20        20
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7. FORMATIONS

In Kessen II Each Unit can move in one of 13 
different formations. You are limited, however, 
to which formations the commander of the unit 
has learned. You can learn new formations by 
increasing in experience.

Each Commander will automatically use whatever 
formation is best for the battle, but you can 
still change a unit's formation if you choose 
to.

Formations

Name         Best Against       Worst Against
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Asp      Flat, Moon, Swan, Bowl       Carp, Box
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Awl          Flat, Dome              Moon, Swan
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Bowl         Carp, Box                Asp, Bull
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Box          Asp, Bull         Moon, Swan, Bowl
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Bull     Flat, Moon, Swan, Bowl       Carp, Box
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Carp          Asp, Bull              Swan, Bowl
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Dart          Flat                   Moon, Swan
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Dome          Flat              Asp, Bull, Dome
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Flat          None       Asp, Bull, Dart, Goose
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Goose         Flat              Asp, Bull, Dart
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Moon          Carp, Box               Asp, Bull
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Ring          None                     None
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Swan          Dart, Box               Asp, Bull
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8. TYPES OF ATTACKS

Frontal:
A frontal attack is best used when you 
outnumber the enemy by far, and your troops are 
of equal or higher class. A frontal attack pits 
you directly against another enemy unit with a 
head on attack.

Flank:
Flank attacks are highly effective against 
enemy units. It involves your unit attacking an 
enemy unit from the side. If used when the 
enemy unit is already engaged in battle, it 
will have a better effect because it will cause 
the enemy unit to split its forces and its 
morale will fall.

Surprise:
Surprise attacks are launched when you attack 
an enemy unit from behind. It can also occur in 
certain battlefield situations where one of 
your units is waiting in ambush for an enemy 
unit. It is highly effective because a surprise 
attack causes an immediate drop in enemy 
morale. It is _critical_ that you utilize flank 
and surprise attacks during the campaigns at 
expert level for you will almost always be 
outnumbered, outmatched, and outclassed.

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|             II. Characters                  |
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1-A. LIU BEI'S ARMY OFFICER INFO (SHU)

Liu Bei: 5/5 (lieu bay)
Liu Bei is the ousted Lord of Xu. He was allied 
with Cao Cao until Cao Cao sent his army to 
attack Xu Chang.
-You begin the game as Liu Bei

Guan Yu: 5/5 (gwan you)
He is the sworn brother of Liu Bei and Zhang 
Fei. He fights with the famous 'Black Dragon.' 
He is the leader of the Tiger Generals.
-You begin the game with Guan Yu 

Zhang Fei: 5/5 (zang fay)
Zhang Fei is also the sworn brother of Liu Bei 
and Guan Yu. He is a fierce Tiger General, but 
also drinks heavily. He is the father of Luo 
Luo, Mei Mei, and Li Li.
-You begin the game with Zhang Fei

Mei Sanniang: 3/5 (may sun-yan)
Mei Sanniang is a close friend of Liu Bei, 
Zhang Fei and Guan Yu. She likes Liu Bei.
-You begin the game with Mei Sanniang

Li Li: 3/5 (lee lee)
Li Li is the most independent daughter of Zhang 
Fei. She is the middle sister of Luo Luo and 
Mei Mei.
-You begin the game with Li Li attached to 
Zhang Fei's Unit

Luo Luo: 2/5 (loo loo)
Luo Luo is the youngest daughter of Zhang Fei 
and the sister of Mei Mei and Luo Luo. 
-You begin the game with Luo Luo attached to 
Zhang Fei's Unit

Zhao Yun: 5/5 (zao yun)
Zhao Yun is the former head of the Han Imperial 
Bodyguard. He has pledged his life to bringing 
Justice to the land and restoring the Han 
Empire. He is also a Tiger General.
-Joins during the Battle of Xu (stage 1) 
**Note** Zhao Yun leaves your army after the 
Battle of Bo Wan Po, but rejoins before the 
Battle of Tian Shui

Guan Ping: 2/5 (gwan ping)
Guan Ping is the adopted son of Guan Yu.
-Joins after the Battle of Xu (stage 1)

Zhou Cang: 1/5 (zao cang)
Zhou Cang is a supporter of Guan Yu and fights 
attached to his unit.
-Joins during the Battle of Ru Nan (stage 2)

Zhuge Liang: 5/5 (zoo-gay lee-an)
Extremely knowledgeable in the arts of warfare 
and astronomy, Zhuge Liang has been sought out 
by many warlords.
-Joins before the battle of Bo Wan Po (stage 3)

Pang Tong: 5/5 (paing tong)
Zhuge Liang's brother in law, Pang Tong is 
equally as devious and cunning as the renowned 
warlord.
-Joins post Battle of Chang Ban Po (stage 4)

Huang Zhong: 2/5 (hu-wan zawng)
An old and legendary soldier, his skill on the 
battlefield rivals that of Guan Yu and Zhang 
Fei. He is also a Tiger General.
-Joins post Battle of Chang Ban Po (stage 4)

Ma Su: 1/5 (ma soo)
A commander that fights under Liu Bei.
-Joins attatched to Liu Bei's Unit after the 
Battle of Chang Ban Po (stage 4)

Sun Li: 4/5 (soon lee)
Sun Li is the younger sister of Sun Quan. She 
is hot headed and eager to see the world. 
Although she loves her brother dearly, she is 
loyal to Liu Bei.
-Joins during the Showdown at Chi Bi

Cai Mao: 2/5 (kai-mow)
Cai Mao is a former Officer of Cao Cao.
-Joins before the Showdown at Chi Bi (stage 5) 
ONLY if you implicate him in treachery as your 
political decision

Ma Chao: 4/5 (ma chow)
Ma Chao is a famous warrior from the Xi 
Province. He has sworn revenge on Cao Cao, who 
killed his entire clan. He is also one of the 
Tiger Generals.
-Joins during the Siege of Cheng Du (stage 6)

Zhu Rong: 4/5 (zoo rong)
Zhu Rong is the wife of the Chieftain of 
Nanman, Meng Huo. Unlike her husband, she is 
adept at warfare and truly rules the clan.
-Joins after the Southern Campaign (stage 7) if 
you chose that path

Jiang Wei: 3/5 (zhang way)
Jiang Wei shows that Liu Bei is loved by the 
people when he leads a contingent of the 
citizens of Tian Shui to aid him. He is also 
Zhuge Liang's apprentice.
-Joins during the Battle of Tian Shui (stage 8)

Yan Yan: 2/5 (yawn yawn)
Yan Yan is a former officer of lord Liu Zhang.
-Joins prior to the Defense of Chen Cang ONLY 
if you chose to recruit him in your political 
decision (stage 9)

Xu Shu: 2/5 (zoo shoe)
A former Officer of Cao Cao's Army.
-Joins at the Race at Wei Xing ONLY if you 
chose to persuade him to defect in your 
political decision (stage 9)

Wei Yan: 3/5 (way yawn)
A cavalry commander with a scorpion style 
helmet.
-Joins up automatically attached to one of your 
units. I forget when?

Ma Dai: 2/5 (ma die)
Ma Dai is the brother of Mao Chao.
-Joins during the Campaign Against Xi ONLY if 
you chose to have Ma Chao get him to defect 
during your political decision (stage 9)

Fa Zheng: 2/5 (faw zang)
A former vassal of the warlord Liu Zhang.
-Joins after the Siege of Cheng Du (stage 6)

Cai Wengi: 5/5 (kai when-gi)
The Queen of Xi and a cunning woman. Also a 
very powerful sorceress.
-Joins after the Campaign Against Xi if you 
chose that path (stage 9)




B. LIU BEI'S ARMY OFFICER RATINGS

Officer    War (Battle)   Magic   Fame  Exp
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Cai Mao        59          32      24   34
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Cai Wengi      78          84      60   58
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Fa Zheng       38          85      32   32
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Guan Ping      75          44      6     8
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Guan Yu        96          43      23   16
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Huang Zhong    87          40      31   45
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Jiang Wei      81          76      52   48
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Li Li          70          50       9   11
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Liu Bei        80          77      27   18
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Luo Luo        72          45       8   10
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Ma Chao        90          36      40   28
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Ma Dai         74          55      39   34
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Ma Su          43          60      21   15
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Mei Sanniang   88          78      11   15
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Pang Tong      41          93      27   35
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Wei Yan        84          23      32   24
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Xu Shu         45          90      26   27
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Yan Yan        78          46      38   42
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Zhang Fei      97          29      21   17
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Zhao Yun       93          48      32   35
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Zhou Cang      77          24       8   10
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Zhu Rong       81          37      41   45
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Zhuge Liang    37          94      30   46
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You can use this table for example to check and 
see if you would win a duel with an enemy 
officer because duels are based on the unit's 
morale and commander's war ability.


C. LIU BEI'S OFFICER'S SPECIAL ABILITIES

Ability     Officers able to use ability
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Battle Cry      Liu Bei, Guan Yu, Zhou Cang,             
                Zhao Yun, Luo Luo
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Duel            Guan Yu, Zhang Fei, Zhao Yun,
                Mei Sanniang, Cai Wengi, Sun Li
                Ma Chao, Huang Zhong, Wei Yan
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Rally           Liu Bei, Zhao Yun, Ma Chao,
                Huang Zhong, Zhang Fei, Guan Yu
                Li Li, Guan Ping, Others
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Raid            Zhang Fei, Zhao Yun, Guan Yu
                Ma Chao, Cai Wengi
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Charge          Guan Yu, Sun Li, Wei Yan
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Volley          Luo Luo, Huang Zhong, Yan Yan
                Ma Chao, Ma Dai
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Iron Wall       Liu Bei, Li Li, Mei Sanniang
                Cai Mao, Guan Ping, 
                Huang Zhong, Others
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Rush            Li Li, Zhang Fei, Zhao Yun
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Meteor Shower   Mei Sanniang, Cai Wengi,
                Pang Tong, Xu Shu
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Fireball        Zhuge Liang, Cai Wengi, Jiang
                Wei, Pang Tong
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Fire Storm      Zhuge Liang, Pang Tong, Cai
                Wengi
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Hail            Xu Shu
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Lightning       Zhuge Liang, Cai Wengi
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Gale            Zhuge Liang, Cai Wengi
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Fissure         Zhuge Liang, Cai Wengi
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**Note** Some commanders may not learn the 
ability until their experience has greatly 
increased.
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2-A. CAO CAO'S ARMY OFFICER INFO

Cao Cao: 5/5 (cow cow)
Cao Cao desires to rule the continent with his 
strength. He fights for nothing else.
-You begin the game as Cao Cao

Xun Yu: 5/5 (zoon yew)
She is a powerful warlord with excellent 
magical abilities. She is also in love with Cao 
Cao, though he doesn't know.
-You begin the game with Xun Yu attached to Cao 
Cao's unit, however she later leads her own 
unit.

Cao Bu: 2/5 (cow boo)
He is Cao Cao's uncle, and an old warrior. He 
has a secret he does not know how to tell Cao 
Cao.
-You begin the game with Cao Bu attached to Cao 
Cao's Unit

Cao Ren: 3/5 (cow ren)
Cao Ren is Cao Cao's cousin, and fights 
alongside Cao Cao.
-You begin the game with Cao Ren

Hu Zhi: 5/5 (who zee)
Hu Zhi is the strongest (physically) woman in 
the world. She is a fierce fighter.
-You begin the game with Hu Zhi attached to Cao 
Ren's Unit.

Xiahou Yuan: 5/5! (zee-a-how yew-an)
Xiahou Yuan is Cao Cao's cousin and also the 
strongest general in his army. He is not afraid 
to die, which is why he never loses.
-You begin the game with Xiahou Yuan...however, 
he tragically is killed when Cao Cao's army is 
ambushed. Xiahou Yuan saves Cao Cao by sending 
his own unit out to battle all of Liu Bei's 
forces alone so Cao Cao can escape.

Cheng Yu: 4/5 (cheng yew)
Cheng Yu may seem a bit odd, but he is clever 
and his strategies are also devious.
-You begin the game with Cheng Yu attached to 
Xiahou Yuan's unit.

Yu Jin: 3/5 (yew jinn)
Yu Jin, is well, he likes other males, which is 
the reason he joined up with Cao Cao. (he 
admires Cao Cao's manliness)
-You begin the game with Yu Jin

Dong Xuanfeng: 4/5 (dong zwan-fang)
She is highly skilled female warrior boasting 
over 108 succesful assassinations.
-You begin the game with Dong Xuanfeng attached 
to Yue Jin's Unit.

Xi Xuanfeng: 3/5 (zee zwan-fang)
She is half foreign blooded, and has mastered a 
variety of weapons. She seems to have a rivalry 
with Zhang Fei's daughter Li Li.
-You begin the game with Xi Xuanfeng attached 
to Yue Jin's unit.

Guo Jia: 3/5 (goo-oh gee-uh)
Gou Jia is a surprisingly strong magician 
willing to aid Cao Cao.
-Joins before the Battle of Xu (stage 1) ONLY 
if you chose to recruit him in your political 
decision.

Himiko: 5/5 (he-me-ko)
Himiko is Cao Cao's magician. She is a young 
but very powerful sorceress. She is in love 
with Cao Cao.
-Joins after the Battle of Xu (stage 1)

Yue Jin: 2/5 (yew jinn)
Not to be confused with Yu Jin, Yu Jin is an 
officer of Zhang Liao.
-Joins after the Battle of Xu (stage 1)

Li Dian: 3/5 (lee dan)
Li Dian is also an officer of warlord Zhang 
Liao.
-Joins after the Battle of Xu (stage 1)

Cao Hong: 2/5 (cow hawng)
Cao Hong is also Cao Cao's cousin.
-Cao Hong joins after the Battle of Ru Nan 
(stage 2)

Xu Huang: 4/5 (zoo who-ang)
Xu Huang is the former minister of the interior 
of the Han Empire, but pledges his service to 
Cao Cao.
-Joins before the battle of Bo Wan Po (stage 3)

Xiahou Ba: 5/5 (zee-a-how bah)
Xiahou Ba is the son of Xiahou Yuan. He is set 
on taking revenge on Guan Yu for killing his 
father. His other goal is to be his father's 
equal on the battlefield.
-Joins before the Battle at Chang Ban Po (stage 
4)

Zhang Liao: 5/5 (zang lee-ow)
Zhang Liao is one of Cao Cao's greatest and 
most trusted commanders. He was once friends 
with Guan Yu, but they feuded and parted ways.
-Joins before the Battle at Chang Ban Po (stage 
4)

Xiahou Dun: 4/5 (zee-a-how dune)
Xiahou Dun is also Cao Cao's cousin and is 
known as the one eyed general.
-Joins before the Showdown at Chi Bi (stage 5)

Zhang He: 4/5 (zang he)
Zhang He is a former officer of Yuan Shao who 
joins up after Cao Cao defeats Yuan Shao.
-Joins before the Showdown at Chi Bi (stage 5)

Sima Yi: 5/5 (see-ma ye)
Sima Yi is a renowned warlord with a superb 
magical ability. His fearless attitude in 
advising Cao Cao prompts Cao Cao to enlist him.
-Joins before the Battle at Tong Gate (stage 6)

Pang De: 5/5 (pang dee)
Pang De is a former vassal of Ma Chao, but he 
defects to Cao Cao after Ma Chao is defeated.
-Joins after the Battle at Tong Gate (stage 6)

Deng Ai: 3/5 (dang eye)
Deng Ai is a former officer of the Xi Army.
-Joins before the Campaign Against Xi ONLY if 
you chose to persuade him to defect in your war 
council decision.

Dian Wei: 3/5? (dee-an way)
Dian Wei is, well not too sure where he came 
from either!
-Joins before the Battle of Tian Shui (stage 8)

Guo Shao: 2/5 (goo-oh shaow)
Guo Shao is another commander wanting to fight 
under Cao Cao. Any relation to Guo Jia?
-Joins before the Battle of Tian Shui (stage 8)


B. CAO CAO'S ARMY OFFICER RATINGS

Officer    War (Battle)   Magic   Fame  Exp
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Cao Bu         53          54      10   33
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Cao Cao        86          75      28   24
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Cao Hong       72          39      17   21
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Cao Ren        83          34      18   18
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Cheng Yu       35          88      16   17
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Deng Ai        68          71      50   50
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Dian Wei       90          15      31   36
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Dong Xuanfeng  78          55       8   14
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Guo Jia        48          85      10   15
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Guo Shao       80          52      50   48
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Himiko         34          93      14   22
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Hu Zhi         92          32      16   17
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Li Dian        57          22       8   17
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Pang De        90          39      38   38
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Sima Yi        43          94      32   55
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Xi Xuanfeng    80          49       7   12
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Xiahou Ba      91          35      18   22
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Xiahou Dun     87          43      29   33
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Xiahou Yuan    94          40      36   42
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Xu Huang       89          40      12   20
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Xun Yu         48          91      17   21
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Yu Jin         64          47      15   18
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Yue Jin        56          24       8   17
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Zhang He       86          50      27   30
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Zhang Liao     95          46      37   40
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These are starting attributes only and are 
subject to change as you progress through the 
game.

C. CAO CAO'S OFFICER'S SPECIAL ABILITIES

Ability     Officers able to use ability
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Battle Cry      Cao Cao, Xiahou Dun, Cao Bu,
                Cao Ren, Xiahou Ba, Xi
                Xuanfeng, Dong Xuanfeng
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Duel            Cao Ren, Deng Ai, Hu Zhi
                Pang De, Xiahou Ba, Xiahou
                Dun, Xiahou Yuan, Zhang Liao
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Rally           Cao Cao, Zhang Liao, Yu Jin
                Dong Xuanfeng, Xun Yu, Yue
                Jin, Guo Shao, Cao Ren
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Raid            Hu Zhi, Zhang Liao, Xiahou Yuan
                Xiahou Ba, Pang De, Zhang He
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Charge          Cao Cao, Xiahou Dun, Xu Huang
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Volley          Xi Xuanfeng, Zhang He, Others
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Iron Wall       Yu Jin, Cao Cao, Cao Ren,
                Cheng Yu, Xi Xuanfeng, More
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Rush            Dian Wei, Hu Zhi, Pang De, 
                Zhang Liao, Dong Xuanfeng
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Meteor Shower   Xun Yu, Sima Yi, Cheng Yu, Guo 
                Jia
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Fireball        Deng Ai
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Hail            Himiko, Guo Jia, Sima Yi, 
                Cheng Yu, Xun Yu
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Fire Storm      None?
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Ice Storm       Himiko, Xun Yu, Sima Yi
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Lightning       Himiko, Guo Jia, Sima Yi
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Gale            Himiko, Sima Yi
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Fissure         Himiko, Sima Yi
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**Note** Some commanders may not learn the 
ability until their experience has greatly 
increased.

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3. SUN QUAN'S ARMY OFFICER INFO

**Note** While you can not actually play as Wu 
(Sun Quan's Kingdom) you can control them 
during the Showdown at Chi Bi if you play as 
Liu Bei.

Gan Ning: 4/5 (gawn ning)
A former pirate, Gan Ning is now Wu's top 
general.

Lu Meng: 3/5 (loo meng)
A strategic general; often helps out Lu Xun.

Lu Su: 3/5 (loo soo)
Zhou Yu's best friend and another Wu General.

Lu Xun: 3/5 (loo zoon)
A young up and coming general of Wu.

Sun Quan: 4/5 (soon kwan)
The leader of Wu and commander of the most 
powerul navy in China. Sun Li's elder brother.

Taishi Ci: 3/5 (ta-she see)
Wu's second strongest general behind Gan Ning.

Zhou Yu: 5/5 (zow yew)
Zhou Yu is Sun Quan's right hand man and is 
renowned for his warfare and magical abilities. 
He is also famous for his musical genius.

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4. OTHER CHARACTERS

Diao Chan (dow chan)
Liu Bei's lover. She was kidnapped by Cao Cao 
at the start of the war. She longs to be 
reunited with Liu Bei and only she knows where 
the Imperial Seal is located.

Mei Mei (may may)
Zhang Fei's eldest daughter. She was killed 
when Cao Cao betrayed Liu Bei and attacked him 
at Xu Chang.

YI ARMY

Liu Zhang is the leader of the Yi province and 
allies himself with Cao Cao because they are 
old friends. You fight against him in the siege 
of Cheng Du.

Liu Zhang (lew zang)
Leader of the Yi Province and an old friend of 
Cao Bu's.

Zhang Ren (zang ren)
Yi's top general and a loyal vassal of Liu 
Zhang.

Wu Yi (woo ye)
An officer of Liu Zheng's army.

Yan Yan and Fa Zheng are also vassals of Liu 
Zhang

NANMAN ARMY

Meng Huo (meng who-oh)
Leader of Nanman. Husband of Zhu Rong. Not too 
brave, not too smart.

Zhu Rong is his wife and the real leader of 
Nanman.

Wu Tugu (woo too-goo)
King of a small country in Nanman, Wu Tugu is 
the strongest general.

King Mulu (moo-loo)
King of a small country in Nanman, he excels at 
warfare and magic.

King Duosi (duosi)
King of a small country in Nanman, he is a true 
leader and excelles at magical abilities.


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|       III. GENERAL BATTLEFIELD TIPS         |
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1. LAND BATTLES

---While fighting on a bridge in a land battle, 
some special abilities may not be available.

---The easiest way to get enemy units to flee 
is by causing their morale to reach 0 even if 
they still have a large number of troops.
-The best way to do this is by destroying the 
enemy storehouse and or surrounding enemy units 
and ganging up on them with multiple allied 
units.

---Use special abilities often and early!!!
-Special abilities regenerate, so the sooner 
you use them the sooner you can use them again.
-Special Abilities regenerate about 10x faster 
if you are very close to your storehouse. The 
closer you are to your storehouse the faster 
they regenerate.
-Optimize your special ability usage by 
targeting as many enemy units in the green 
effect field. It will kill more enemy troops 
that way.

---DUELS are one of the best specials for 
lowering enemy morale and helping you win the 
battle!!!
-ONLY initiate a duel if your MORALE is HIGHER 
than the enemy morale. You will be sure to win 
every time if your morale is higher. When you 
win the enemy morale drops by about 1/3 of the 
bar and your morale increases greatly!
-For example, use a rally to increase your 
morale and or a battle cry to decrease enemy 
morale right before you initiate a Duel and you 
will be more likely to win.

---Sometimes it is better to attack an enemy 
unit one on one so you can use your special 
abilities and affect more enemy troops, and 
then move in with another unit to surround the 
enemy.
-For example, Liu Bei is fighting Cao Cao. Liu 
Bei initiates a rush that kills 4000 of Cao 
Cao's troops.
-If Zhang Fei had been attacking Cao Cao at the 
same time from another side, Liu Bei's rush 
would only have killed 2000 of Cao Cao's troops 
because Cao Cao would have divided them to 
fight both Liu Bei and Zhang Fei

---If you can destroy the enemy storehouse the 
entire enemy army's morale drops to about 32!!!
-Some battles the enemy has no storehouse.
-If your scouts have located their storehouse, 
see if you can spare a unit to go and destroy 
it. It doesn't take long to destroy a 
storehouse and the resulting drop in morale is 
well worth it.

---Unless you are going to use your special 
maneuvers and significantly lower enemy troop 
numbers, always try and flank or launch a 
surprise attack on an enemy unit that is 
already engaged in battle. This means don't 
send units in one on one if you can help it and 
NEVER fight a battle with two enemy units on 
one allied unit. Its a losing battle.

---If you are finding a land battle very 
difficult to complete and you keep losing, send 
out a couple decoy units and then throw 
everything else you have at the enemy commander 
(either Liu Bei or Cao Cao depending on who you 
play). With 2 or 3 units surrounding them, the 
enemy commander won't last long and you will 
automatically win if they are forced to flee!

2. NAVAL BATTLES

---Some special abilities such as duel and 
charge and rush are not available in Naval 
Battles.

---Only one Allied unit can engage an Enemy 
Unit at a time and vice versa.
-This actually works to your advantage because 
you can win a naval battle with ease even if 
you are severely outnumbered. Here's how:
-Send your strongest units to engage the enemy, 
and use a couple specials. Then send your 
weaker units around to the sides and back of 
the enemy unit. While they cannot directly 
attack the enemy unit, if you still target the 
enemy unit it will say "will surround, ok?" 
press X and they will surround the enemy unit, 
causing disarray. This lowers the enemy morale 
_DRASTICALLY_ and QUICKLY. Within a minute of 
real time battle the enemy unit's morale will 
reach 0 and you will win. Repeat the process on 
all of the enemy units.

---Be careful not to let your units stack up 
behind each other. They will be unable to reach 
the front to engage and surround enemy units 
and it will put you at a severe disadvantage.

---It is almost impossible to win a one on one 
naval battle if the enemy unit has more troops 
than your unit. If you are outnumbered you 
simply MUST surround the enemy.

3. SIEGE BATTLES

---These are basically land battles in which 
the majority of the fighting is done in a small 
space. (inside the castle)

---The major difference is that you have to 
fight through the Castle gates to win the 
battle.
-I STRONGLY recommend any plan in the war 
council phase that allows for the easiest route 
to the most open gates into the castle.
-Attacking a castle gate and being pounded by 
the defenders all the while is one of the 
quickest ways for allied units morale to fall, 
which is bad.

---The majority of your special abilities are 
unavailable at gate battles. Duel is one of the 
few effective ones, as is Raid.
-This is bad when you are fighting the defender 
one on one. If you have another unit approach 
from behind or the side after climbing the wall 
it makes the enemy defender fall much faster!

---You can also climb the wall by simply 
targeting the top of the wall as a units 
objective. If you cannot climb in that spot it 
will simply say 'rebuttes' in red. Change your 
target spot; you can mostly only climb right 
next to gates, but there are some other spots.
-Be careful when you climb castle walls! There 
is no coming down on the outside, only on the 
inside and sometimes there is an enemy unit in 
the spot where you descend and you are stuck! A 
unit sitting on the castle wall is easy prey 
for enemy archers!




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|                VI. SECRETS                  |
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Play Both Sides:

Complete the game as Liu Bei and you will be 
able to play as Cao Cao. (no real secret, it 
tells you you can do that in the instruction 
booklet)

Hidden Battles:

After you finish the game as Liu Bei to unlock 
Cao Cao's side, notice that the difficulty 
level is set at normal instead of beginner 
(when you played as Liu Bei). Successfully 
complete the game as Cao Cao under the normal 
difficulty setting to unlock expert level. 
Select either Liu Bei or Cao Cao at the expert 
difficulty setting. Complete the game under 
expert difficulty setting to unlock a hidden 
battle for each side. 

As Liu Bei, the hidden battle is The Battle of 
East Lau. As Cao Cao, the hidden battle is The 
Battle of Chang Zheng.


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|                VII. FAQs                    |
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Q: Help, I can't beat the naval battle where 
Guan Yu is alone at the beginning?

A: Simply have Guan Yu retreat right away when 
the battle begins. Have Guan Yu and Liu Bei 
hover back towards the top of the map, avoiding 
engagements until your reinforcements arrive 
and you can win the battle.

Q: How can I beat xyz battle? I keep losing!

A: Don't be discouraged. If you lose a battle, 
retry it without restarting the game. The game 
will give you an option to do so, and you will 
recieve unit upgrades and more troops when you 
replay the battle.

Q: How do I get elephant troops?

A: This can only be done by selecting the 
NANMAN campaign as one of your battles. When 
you are victorious, you will receive a unit 
under Zhu Rhong attached to one of your other 
units. It will have elephant troops.

Q: Where can I buy Kessen II?

A: Anywhere! Try electronics botique or any 
major retail store like walmart, target, k-
mart, etc...that carries PS2 games. If you want 
to buy it online try www.half.com for very 
cheap prices.

Q: I love the music in Kessen II! Where can I 
buy the soundtrack?

A: Unfortunatly, the soundtrack is only 
avaliable in Japan as most video game 
soundtracks are. I suggest trying an import 
store such as www.gamemusic.com or 
www.gexpress.com If those don't have it you'll 
need a friend in Japan or just a vacation there 
to pick up the great soundtrack! **note** 
cdjapan.co.jp has it!

Q: Kessen II is great! Will there be a sequel?

A: Koei has announced plans for a Kessen III, 
but has not released any info on a possible 
release date for Japan or the US.

Q: Why doesn't your FAQ cover xyz?

A: Jesus! One man can only do so much! If you 
have a question or would just like to talk to 
me, email me: sirashe1@aol.com

Q: Can I use your FAQ for my website?

A: That depends. First off, please email me: 
sirashe1@aol.com and ask permission. Then 
follow these guidelines.

If you want to post this FAQ somewhere for 
people to see it, like on a Kessen related 
website, you may do so ONLY if you post it in 
it's entirety. Credit must be given to me as 
the one who wrote the FAQ, because after all, I 
was the one who spent hours slaving over the 
keyboard to produce it.

You may NOT claim this FAQ is your work!

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|            VIII. Miscellanous               |
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Bugs & Errors

I have only noticed one bug so far in the game. 
When you are watching a unit in the battle view 
and an enemy unit engaged in battle with a 
different allied unit uses a special ability 
that brings the allied unit's morale to a 
critical level, the game's message is bugged.

For example, you are watching Guan Yu battle 
Xiahou Ba. Meanwhile, Yu Jin is fighting Zhang 
Fei. Yu Jin initiates a battle cry, which 
knocks Zhang Fei's morale down to a critical 
level. The game will stop and promt you with a 
message:

Battle Cry's unit's morale is critical due to 
Zhang Fei. Will you issue orders to Battle 
Cry's unit?

Instead of what it should say:

Zhang Fei's unit's morale is critical due to 
Battle Cry. Will you issue orders to Zhang 
Fei's unit?

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Special Thanks:

To Koei, for creating such an awesome game that 
inspired me to write this FAQ, and devote 
countless hours to playing Kessen II.

To gamefaqs.com for providing an opportune 
outlet for me to display this FAQ - also an 
inspiration to write this FAQ.

To eagles_999999999@hotmail.com and other FAQ 
contributors for providing a useful model for 
me to get ideas from - this is my first FAQ.

To Nobuo Uematsu and Yasunori Mitsuda for both 
providing such fantastic video game music for 
me to listen to while I worked. It was a much 
needed motivator.

And most of all to my fellow Kessen II fans, 
without whom I would never have written this 
FAQ.

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*Note* This FAQ is for the English version.

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Contact Info:

Sean

email: sirashe1@aol.com

AIM: sirashe1

ICQ: 42831710 (I have it but almost never use 
it...)

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