-====================================================- -=| Destiny of an Emperor - Walkthrough and Game Guide |=- -====================================================- Presented by Kongming's Archives >> www.kongming.net << Version: 1.0.5 | Last Update: Jan 14, 2009 Copyright (C) 2000-2009 James (Xian Zhu Xuande) Contact: http://kongming.net/email/ Presenting what will become a complete FAQ for Capcom's classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) game Destiny of an Emperor. The guide includes a full walkthrough, tables listing all relevant game data (e.g. items, tactics, officers), game secrets, and frequently asked questions. I began taking notes on Destiny of an Emperor back in 1994, and later, when starting a Web site for Destiny of an Emperor (which would later become Kongming's Archives/kongming.net) I expanded on them. Now, years later, all those notes are being compiled into the guide you see before you (so it at least serves one good purpose other than taking up space on my hard drive). Keep that in mind if the writing style seems to shift a little from paragraph to paragraph in sections. In addition to this guide you may also reference our ad-free (ads blow) companion site at http://kongming.net/doae/ which includes images, portraits, maps, links, and more. Some pages featured at that site may be of particular interest to you are listed below. http://kongming.net/doae/ Home page for Destiny of an Emperor, ROMs, and more. http://kongming.net/doae/2.0/ Destiny of an Emperor 2.0! Experience the new Destiny of an Emperor! http://kongming.net/doae/doc/man.html Capcom game manual as originally included with the cartridge. http://kongming.net/doae/officer/ A complete officers guide, with portraits. http://kongming.net/doae/battles/ A complete battles guide, illustrated. http://kongming.net/doae/portraits/ Destiny of an Emperor portraits. http://kongming.net/doae/items/ Destiny of an Emperor items. http://kongming.net/doae/equipment/ Destiny of an Emperor weapons, armor, and helms. http://kongming.net/doae/tactics/ Destiny of an Emperor tactics. http://kongming.net/doae/ending/ Game ending in the form of screen shots. http://kongming.net/novel/styles/ Detailed explanation of officer names and styles. http://kongming.net/novel/bios/ Romance of the Three Kingdoms and historical biographies. http://kongming.net/links/ Helpful novel, game, and history links for the interested. Enough blather, right? Onward to the guide we go! TABLE OF CONTENTS ---------------------------------------- Part 3) Guide Essentials I - Version History II - Game Secrets and Tricks III - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Part 2) Full Game Walkthrough IV - Walkthrough and Introduction A) - Chapter 1: Zhang Jao B) - Chapter 2: Dong Zhuo C) - Chapter 3: Yuan Shu D) - Chapter 4: Yuan Shao E) - Chapter 5: Jing Zhou F) - Chapter 6: Shu and Liu Zheng G) - Chapter 7: Wu and Sun Quan H) - Chapter 8: Wei and Cao Pi I) - Chapter 9: Wei and Sima Yi Part 3) Appendices V - Strategist Tactics VI - Consumable Items VII - Key Items VIII - Weapons, Armor, and Helmets IX - Understanding Damage X - Searchable Treasures XI - Warlord/Officer Listing XII - Level Ups XIII - Spoils of War XIV - Disclaimer/Copyright Section I - VERSION HISTORY ---------------------------------------- 0.9: Notes collected over nine years of casual gameplay take the first form I actually dare to call a FAQ/Walkthrough. Submitted go GameFAQs. 1.0b: In progress update at Kongming's Archives only. - Added building and shop information for Ji Zhou. - Added notes on the Trident in Nan Yang. - Elaborated level-up notes into a complete level-up section. - Elaborated weapon/armor notes into a growing informative section. - Added clarification to events which take place toward the end of the Jingzhou region (e.g. hiring Zhuge Liang and Pang Tong). - Elaborated tactic notes into a growing tactics section. - Created first content in the "Same Secrets and Tricks" section. - Created first content in the "Frequently Asked Questions" section. - Added article on the "Super Rebels". - Elaborated information relative to breaking Liu Zheng out of jail. - Started Game Secrets and Tricks section. - Started Game Frequently Asked Questions section. - Completely revised officers section, and added new information. Also improved accuracy/detail of notes, added missing officers. Added new notes on whether or not they join, and special cases. - Elaborated on instructions for Wu's initial invasion of Shu. 1.0b2: Completed officers guide, and added missing Wei officers. 1.0: After a grand multi-year journey this guide reaches 1.0. - Various guide clarifications and corrections. - http://kongming.net/doae/ companion site is also basically complete. - Added one possible method of overcoming the vanishing items glitch. - Added two missing searchable items to the walkthrough. - Elaborated instructions on the MTP system and corrected an error associated with Fu Bing -- it can be learned with Liu Bei. - Expanded 'Consumable Items' data to appendix in end-guide notes. - Added 'Key Items' appendix in end-guide notes. - Elaborated equipment table and added extra details and thoughts. - Added quick guide to 'Understanding Damage' in end-guide notes. - Added 'Searchable Treasures' appendix in end-guide notes. - Expanded victory rewards to 'Spoils of Victory' appendix in end-guide notes. Still missing data, but worth presenting. 1.0.1: Missed Ax in Fan Shui Guan. Thanks, Jimayo! 1.0.2: Corrected an old reference to incorect MTP progression. - Various clarifications and wording improvements. - Zhou Chao doesn't always appear. Wang Gui, too, at times. Also added a FAQ entry for both officers. - Added a description of the Yuan Shao/Jingzhou storyline branch and suggestions on how to best proceed. Good request, Jimayo! - FAQ: Losing soldiers when walking after starting the game. - FAQ: Location of bridge into Wu territory. - FAQ: Countering Sima Yi's 'Thunder'. - Corrected notes on the Bow's second attack. - Clarification to recruiting Zhuge Liang. - FAQ: Zhuge Liang doesn't join after I wake him up! - Xu Zhe must be in your party to receive the letter. - Intelligence requirements for most tactics have been documented. - Added notes on Xun You, who happens to exist in the ROM. - Chin has no palace, historian, or headquarters. (Thanks Lady Wu). - Lu Bu can be recruited at Chang'an with the Gemsword. He cannot be recruited in Nan Yang or Ji Zhou, though. (Thanks LordYuanShu). - If Lu Bu is not recruited with Cai Yang you will face him again at Chang An and later at Nan Yang. 1.0.3: Added agility values for officer, documented for the first time. Agility is a hidden stat for determining turn order. 1.0.4: Intelligence requirements for tactics complete thanks in large part to Niahak and Arakasi. - Hong Shui adjusted from incorrect TP cost of 11 to 12. - Dian Wei can be recruited after Ru Nan. (thanks, Chzn8r!) 1.0.5: Added hidden Bow location in Jizhou. Thanks, MeteorStrike! - Added solution to vanishing Iron Ore or Saltpeter. - Attacking Nan Yang from the west negates the castle bonus to defense provided Yuan Shu and his army. Thanks, MeteorStrike! Section II - GAME SECRETS AND TRICKS ---------------------------------------- A listing of various game secrets and tricks. Easier Caves: fight weak enemies in normally dangerous caves! See: http://kongming.net/doae/secrets/easier_caves/ Level 51: obtain the secret final level up of the game, 51! See: http://kongming.net/doae/secrets/level_51/ Mastering MTP: a guide to understanding and maximizing your MTP. See: http://kongming.net/doae/secrets/mtp/ Super Rebels: fight "Super Rebels" or Brigands! (JP/CH Only) See: http://kongming.net/doae/secrets/super_rebels/ Section III - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ---------------------------------------- Answers to frequently asked Destiny of an Emperor questions. Q: I just started the game, and it takes me forever to win battles! A: Though you start the game with equipment, it isn't automatically equipped to your characters. Select a general's items through the menu, select a weapon (Flail or Dagger) or armor (Robe), and choose the equip option. You should be fine now. Q: I just started the game, and when I walk I lose soldiers! Q: Do you really start the game with no money to spend on equipment? A: In the first village you will find a merchant walking around near a horse. Speak with him, and he will give you some money and enough rations begin your journey. Q: Help! Zhang Jao beats the living tar out of me at Qing Zhou! A: Start searching for a random battle containing the general Han Zhong, and defeat him. After you win, at this point in the game, you should be offered a chance to try and hire him. Do so, even if it takes you a few tries. After he joins, enter the cave behind Qing Zhou, and place Han Zhong in the lead of your party (select Formation from the main menu). Talk to the Brigand by the water, and he will create a bridge for you. Cross the bridge, explore to find the Ax, then locate and battle Zhang Jao. He will now only have Zhang Bao and Zhang Liang with him. Q: When trying to hire officers, they complain that I have no steed! A: In Xu Zhou (the first castle), go to the Merchant. In his inventory, you will see an item called 'Steed' for 200 Gold. If you purchase it, and have one in your inventory when an officer asks to join, you will be able to offer it to them in exchange for their services. You can buy Steeds in other cities as well. Q: Where to get Chi Tu Ma? Does Chi Tu Ma actually do something? A: Find Chi To Ma here: http://kongming.net/doae/i/ss/chituma.html Early in the game, Chi Tu Ma isn't very useful, but later on, especially if given to an officer with decent agility (Pang Tong, Guan Xing, and Jiang Wei all being good choices), it will help them to go first nearly 90% of the time. This can be a life- saver, especially in tough battles like Zhou Yu, Chen Pu, and the various encounters with Cao Pi or Sima Yi. It has also been reported by a few people that sometimes Chi Tu Ma can be recovered a second time later in the game. It is worth visiting again later to see if this bug happens to grace your own game. Lord Yuan Shu took a screenshot: http://kongming.net/doae/i/ss/chituma2.png Q: Help: Where is Wang Gui? Help: Where is Zhou Chao? A: Zhou Chao, normally a recruitable officer in Chang An, is missing more frequently than he is found. Yang Jin, who would normally be found in Luo Yang (where you fought Lu Bu and Dong Zhuo), also vanishes from time to time. There's not much purpose in worrying about either of them unless you are playing a challenge. Q: Where is the Trident (a unique powerful mid-game weapon)? A: You find it in Nan Yang (the city formerly occuped by Yuan Shu). Check the guide itself for more information. Q: Help! I am finding open treasure chests, or a listed item is missing! A: A glitch exists in Destiny of an Emperor which can sometimes cause certain items or treasure chests to be empty (or, in some cases, can even repopulate them). This can lead to missing out on Swords in Jingzhou, several of the Magical Swords, and even the Halberd. If you encounter this glitch, drop what you are doing, go outside, and fight at least 45 random battles. Check to see if the missing item(s) have reappeared. If not, fight a small batch of additional items (this can reverse the glitch). If it still does not reappear, you are better off starting your game over from the beginning. The cause of this glitch is presently unknown. Glitch: http://kongming.net/doae/glitches/open-treasure-chests/ If the glitch has caused an important item like the Iron Ore or Saltpeter to vanish please check our Game Genie page for codes to purchase either item from the shop in Xu Zhou. Game Genie Codes: http://kongming.net/doae/game-genie/ Q: Zhuge Liang wakes up and gets mad at me! What do I do? A: Leave the house, come back, and when the game prompts you to wake him do nothing. After several moments he will wake on his own, hold a civil conversation with you, and offer to join your party. Q: Help! I just got to Shu (after Jingzhou), and officers hit too hard! A: If you arrive in Shu at a relatively low level, your strategist, be it Pang Tong or Zhuge Liang, will know a tactic called Ji Rou. Cast this tactic at the beginning of a battle (use Chi Tu Ma to make this faster) and damage taken from physical attacks for the full duration of a battle will be reduced by 50%. Q: How do you break Liu Zheng out of his cell? A: Stand in front of the cell door and tap up on the direction pad about once ever half second. Do not press firmly or hold it down. After about five or six taps, done correctly, the cell will open up. Q: I've defeated Liu Zheng and found out about the magical swords, and I'm supposed to attack Sun Quan, but I don't know where to go? A: South of Gui Yang (south from Chang Sha) you will now find a bridge into Wu territory. Use the inn and save your game before you continue. The generals here are much more powerful than the officers you've been facing in Liu Zheng's territory. Q: Where is the Halberd (the best weapon in the game)? A: You find it early in the second cave of Wei, toward the end of the game. See the guide itself for more information. Q: Help! I cannot 'defeat' Sima Yi's Thunder! A: When you first face Sima Yi at Ru Nan you will not be able to counter his 'Thunder' tactic. You will wake up in Liu Bei's city. Liu Bei will tell you to speak with Guan Suo, who is waiting with Guan Yu in Chang Sha. Go to Chang Sha (north from Gui Yang in Jingzhou) and you will meet Guan Suo next to Guan Yu. You _must_ speak with Guan Suo or you will not be able to counter Sima Yi. Guan Suo gives you the tactic, Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Up, Down. Face Sima Yi again and, after he says you cannot defeat his 'Thunder' tactic you will find that you are not transported back to Jian Ye when you first hit the confirmation button. The button-press will also be accompanied by an odd chime. You have a few moments, here, to ender the 'spell' Guan Suo gave you on the direction pad. If you do it properly, Sima Yi will shrug it off, comment that brute force will suffice, and attack you. If you fail you will again be blasted back to Jian Ye. Section IV - FULL GAME WALKTHROUGH ---------------------------------------- Below you will find a full walkthrough which takes you from the beginning of Destiny of an Emperor straight through to the final battle. It is divided into chapters, one for each major part of the game (nine in total), and each chapter is divided into destinations. Each destination lists numerically the steps you can take to complete them in full. Important locations in cities and fortresses are listed under the name at the top of the dest- ination, and battles are listed in the included to-do lists. Each battle is rated according to the following system: - Very Easy: minimal damage even on all-out. - Easy: easily won with all-out, though strategy helps. - Moderate: with use of strategy damage should be moderate. - Hard: if not careful you may lose officers. - Very Hard: without strategy you will lose. Experienced players will not be challenged even by Very Hard battles unless they do something unusual like attacking the final boss with Zhou Yu as their strategist or go through the game fighting only mandatory battles. If you find any content which is missing from the guide, text which you think should be clarified, or misleading/poorly worded content, pleas request fixes or additions. http://kongming.net/email/ -------------------------------------------------- - CHAPTER I: ZHANG JAO, YELLOW TURBAN REBELLION - -------------------------------------------------- Luo Song Village 1) Speak to the residents. 2) Talk to Shui Zhou Ping for gold and provisions, he is near the house you exited standing next to a horse. Don't leave until you get the food otherwise you will lose soldiers. 3) Hire Song Ren and Song Yong if you like, though they will quickly be replaced with other officers. I advise simply ignoring them. 4) Equip your officers then set out. Xu Zhou Castle (Invite, Gullwing) Palace, Headquarters, Historian Inn (1 Gold Each), Provisions Blacksmith (Dagger, Flail, Bandana, Robe, Leather) Merchant (Elixir A, Resurrect, Steed, Gullwing) 1) Speak with Tao Qian in the palace. 2) Hire Mi Zhe in a house to the west of the city. 3) Purchase a Resurrect for Liu Bei and some Elixir As. 4) Travel up the north road to Qing Zhou castle. Qing Zhou Castle Inn (1 Gold Each) Merchant (Elixir A, Resurrect, Steed, Gullwing) 1) Battle Zhang Ling at the castle. (Easy) - Zhang Ling - Rebel Force x2 Make all physical attacks against Zhang. Drop Rebels below 100 if you can do so in one attack. 21 Exp, 56 Gold, 175 Rations. 2) Before talking to anyone, rest. 3) Speak with the people, talking to the man at the entrance last. 4) Hire Chen Deng in a house to the east of the city. Give him the dagger and have Mi Zhe [Zhu] serve as strategist. 5) Talk to and battle Ma Yuan Yi. (Easy) - Ma Yuan Yi [Yuanyi] - Rebel Force x4 Make all physical attacks against Ma. Drop Rebels below 100 if you can do so in one attack. 30 Exp, 76 Gold, 300 Rations. 6) Return to Xu Zhou, save, then head west to a Zhang Bao's Fortress. Zhang Bao's Fortress 1) Battle Zhang Bao and Cheng Yuan Zhi at the fortress. (Easy) - Zhang Bao - Cheng Yuan Zhi [Yuanzhi] - Rebel Force Make all physical attacks against Zhang. Have Guan Yu or Mi Zhe cast Lian Huo against Cheng. Drop Rebel below 100 if you have a way to do so in one attack. 27 Exp, 84 Gold, 300 Rations. 2) Check in the central tent in the northeast pot to find an Ax. This is a powerful weapon for this point of the game. Give it to Zhang Fei. Keep his soldiers above 100 for extra damage in battle. 3) Return to Xu Zhou, save, then head southwest to Tie Man Xia. Tie Man Xia Fortress 1) Battle Zhang Jao, Zheng Mao, and Han Zhong at the fortress. (Moderate) - Zhang Jao - Zheng Mao - Han Zhong - Rebel Force x2 Make all physical attacks against Jao. Cast Wuo Jian with Chen Deng. Have Guan Yu and Mi Zhe [Zhu] cast Lian Huo against Mao, then when he is under 100, cast on Han. Drop Rebels below 100 if you have a way to do so in one attack. 39 Exp, 124 Gold, 400 Rations. 2) Open a chest in the western tent to find an Ax. Give it to Liu Bei if you are using Guan Yu for your fire tactics. 3) Return to Xu Zhou, save, then fight outside until you find Han Zhong. Beat him and you will be able to recruit him. Hiring Han is the only way to enter Qing Zhou from the rear (advised), but you can skip him and make a direct attack. If you do, buy some Resurrects. 4) Return to Xu Zhou, save, then head north to Qing Zhou again. Enter through the back if you have Han, attack gate if you do not. Qing Zhou (2nd Visit) Inn (1 Gold Each) Merchant (Elixir A, Resurrect, Steed, Gullwing) 1a) Defeat Zhang Jao, Zhang Bao, Zhang Ling, Zheng Mao, and Cheng Yuan Zhi at the castle. (Very Hard) - Zhang Jao - Zhang Bao - Zhang Ling - Zheng Mao - Cheng Yuan Zhi Make all physical attacks against Zhang Jao. Cast Wuo Jian with Chen Deng. Have Guan Yu and Mi Zhe cast Lian Huo against Zhang Ling, then when he is under 100, cast on Zheng, then Cheng. 1b 1) If you do have Zhong, or are willing to go out and find then recruit him, enter the cave behind the castle once he is in your party and use the Formation command to put him ahead of Liu Bei. Speak to the guard who will put up a bridge for you to use. 1b 2) Follow the path below you until you reach the next branch, then head north. Retrieve an Ax (which can go to Guan Yu), return to the branch, then head west. You will reach a fork in the road at which you should follow the southern path. This will lead you to another battle with Zhang Jao. 1b 3) Defeat Zhang Jao, Zhang Bao, and Zhang Ling. (Moderate) - Zhang Jao - Zhang Bao - Zhang Ling Make all physical attacks against Zhang Jao. Cast Wuo Jian with Chen Deng. Have Guan Yu and Mi Zhe [Zhu] cast Lian Huo against Zhang Ling, then when he is under 100, cast on Zhang Bao. Zhang Jao, Zhang Bao, and Zhang Ling die. 48 Exp, 116 Gold, 375 Rations. 2) If badly wounded rest and recover in Qing Zhou (otherwise rest in Xu Zhou), but either way set out for Xu Zhou. Xu Zhou Castle (2nd Visit) (Invite, Gullwing) Palace, Headquarters, Historian Inn (1 Gold Each), Provisions Blacksmith (Dagger, Flail, Bandana, Robe, Leather) Merchant (Elixir A, Resurrect, Steed, Gullwing) 1) Speak with Tao Qian. He will plead for Liu Bei to take his place as governor of Xu Zhou. You are presented with the option to refuse, but even if you attempt to he will just keep asking. Liu Bei leaves your party after you accept. A messenger arrives moments later informing you of the tyranny Dong Zhuo is responsible for in the capital and urging you to assist them in removing the traitor. * Note: Don't worry about Liu Bei's gear. You will get it back when you hire Liu Feng, his son, on the way out (see below). 2) On way out hire and equip Bei's son, Liu Feng. 3) Save, then head southwest past Tie Man Xia to Fan Shui Guan fortress. --------------------------------------------------- - CHAPTER II: DONG ZHUO, A TYRANT IN THE CAPITAL - --------------------------------------------------- Fan Shui Guan Fortress Inn (1 Gold Each), Provisions 1) Meet Sun Ce outside the fortress. He tells you he attacked Fan Shui Guan but that another general, Yuan Shu, didn't send him his needed supplies resulting in his defeat. 2) Battle Hua Xiong and Li Su at the fortress. (Moderate) - Hua Xiong - Li Su - Rebel Force x3 Make all physical attacks against Hua Xiong. Have Guan Yu and Mi Zhe [Zhu] or Chen Deng cast Lian Huo against Li Su, then when he is under 100 focus all attacks on Hua Xiong. Drop Rebels below 100 if you can do so in one attack. Hua Xiong, a good officer, becomes recruitable after this battle. 51 Exp, 120 Gold, 325 Rations. 3) There is an inn in the central tent. Rest to restore soldiers. 4) In the northeastern tent you will find a chest. It contains an Ax. 5) You can hire the former pirate, Yang Jin, who is walking around in the northern area of the fortress if you wish. He is not good enough to trouble you if you aren't interested in a trip back home though. 6) One of the residents will talk about an amazing horse named Chi Tu Ma (Red Hare). It is possible to find Chi Tu Ma early: Link: http://kongming.net/doae/i/ss/chituma.html 7) People will say that Cao Cao is attacking Hu Lao Guan, but is being opposed by a powerful general named Lu Bu. Hu Lao Guan is not very far to the east of the fortress. 8) If you like, head back to Xu Zhou to save your game, then travel on along the road to Hu Lao Guan. Northern Cave (Optional) 1) On the trip to Hu Lao Guan, you will see a cave to the north. You may choose to investigate it if you like. 2) Upon entry, head east. The path will lead you around the east side of the cave, then, at the north part of the cave, you will find some stairs (down). Go down the stairs to retrieve some gold (usually between 1000 an 1200 coins). Go back up the stairs and backtrack to the cave entrance. 3) From the start of the cave, go north, then at the fork in the road go east. Follow the east path, which will fork again, at which point you should go south. This passage will turn and go north, leading you to some stairs (down). Follow the passage south, which, after a few turns, will head west. Go south at the first opportunity, and will soon see some stairs (down). Just ahead you will see a passage that leads to the west. Follow that passage, which will turn north, to a staircase (down). In the nest room you will find a chest. This chest contains the Gold Key, and valuable item indeed. You may now backtrack your steps to exit the cave. 4) Hire Guan Ping on your way out, an excellent warrior, who arrived at the cave entrance while you were searching for the Gold Key. 5) Return to Fan Shui Guan fortress to rest, and return to Xu Zhou if you need to save. Now continue on the road to Hu Lao Guan. Hu Lao Guan Fortress 1) Battle Lu Bu and Li Ru at fortress (Hard) - Lu Bu - Li Ru - Rebel Force x2 Make all physical attacks against Lu Bu with Guan Yu and Liu Feng casting Lian Huo against Lu Bu as well. Use another weak character (Han Zhong) to cast Wuo Jian. When Lu Bu is defeated, focus physical attacks against Li Ru. 102 Exp, 344 Gold, 625 Rations. 2) Search the eastern tent, in the leftmost pot of the northeast corner to find another Ax. This pretty much completes your collection. 3) Hire Huo Hu, the strategist, who is walking around the southeastern area of the fortress. He is quite talented and will serve well. 4) One of the residents suggests using and item called the Gemsword to entice Lu Bu into betrayal. A man names Wang Yun suggests searching his home to find it. 5) In the central tent Cao Cao thanks you. He says he is going to attack Luo Yang, the capital, in an attempt to defeat Dong Zhuo. 6) Return to Xu Zhou or Fan Shui Guan to rest and save if you like. For best power cut your party down to 5 members after making Huo Hu your strategist. He is not too weak, has good soldiers, and will cast your spells with very surprising skill. 7) Head further west to the capital, Luo Yang, to support Cao Cao. At this point I return to Xu Zhou to clear out old items and remove Chen Deng and Mi Zhe [Zhu] who I am not using. Luo Yang Castle Inn (1 Gold Each), Provisions 1) Battle Li Jue at the first gate (Very Easy) - Li Jue - Rebel Force x3 Make all physical attacks against Li Jue with Huo Hu or Guan Yu casting Lian Huo until he falls below 100 soldiers. The go all-out to finish the battle. 63 Exp, 168 Gold, 675 Rations. 2) Battle Xu Rong at the second gate (Easy) - Xu Rong - Guo Ji - Rebel Force x2 Make all physical attacks against Xu Rong with Huo Hu or Guan Yu casting Lian Huo until he falls below 100 soldiers. Cast Wuo Jian with a weaker character (Liu Feng) at the beginning. Go all-out to finish the battle. 84 Exp, 212 Gold, 900 Rations. 3) Return to Fan Shui Guan to rest, then come back and attack the castle. 4) Battle Dong Zhuo at the castle (Hard) - Dong Zhuo - Lu Bu - Rebel Force x2 Make all physical attacks against Dong Zhuo while you attack Lu Bu with Lian Huo using your two smartest characters (Guan Yu, Huo Hu). Continue this pattern, healing as needed, until they are defeated). 102 Exp, 320 Gold, 825 Rations. 5) Wang Gui, who can be found in the southeastern area of the burnt city, can be hired. I suggest passing up on the chance though, he isn't really worth your time, especially if you have the golden key. Due to a game bug, sometimes Wang Gui does not appear. 6) In the southeastern area of the city you will meet Yuan Shao, who will point out that he is the commander-in-chief of the alliance. He has lost the motivation to continue and is now going to leave, giving up the attack on the tyrant Dong Zhuo. 7) In a building located in the northwest part of the city you will find a red panel on the floor. This is Wang Yun's home. If you search it you will see that it needs a key. If you completed the cave earlier you have a Gold Key. Use this key here to obtain the Gemsword. 8) If you have the Gemsword give it to a lesser battle character. 9) Rest in the city. If you wish to save, return to Xu Zhou. Continue west to chase the tyrant Dong Zhuo. Yang Zhou Castle (Gullwing) Historian Inn (2 Gold Each) Merchant (Elixir A, Resurrect, Gullwing) 1) Battle Lu Bu, Cai Yong, and Hu Zhen at the castle. (Hard, Moderate with Gemsword) - Lu Bu - Cai Yong - Hu Zhen - Rebel Force x2 Without Gemsword: Focus all physical attacks on Lu Bu and also cast Lian Huo on him with two intelligent generals (Guan Yu, Huo Hu). Cast Wuo Jian on the first round with one of your weaker generals. After Lu Bu is defeated, focus all physical attacks on Cai Yong while casting Lian Huo on Hu Zhen with two intelligent generals (Guan Yu, Huo Hu). With Gemsword: Have the character with the Gemsword use the item on Lu Bu. Within a few tries Lu Bu will see it and offer to join you. You may now hire him! Focus all physical attacks against Cai Yong while casting Lian Huo against Hu Zhen with two intelligent generals (Guan Yu, Huo Hu). 2) If you hired Lu Bu, he will mention his horse, Chi Tu Ma, being located '8 yards west and 1 yard south." While correct, the instructions are a little vague. The horse is in those directions, but you must follow them starting at Fan Shui Guan fortress. Get the horse, it will be a vital part of your battle tactics later in the game. Link: http://kongming.net/doae/i/ss/chituma.html 3) Search the southern central building, above the pot, to find a Club. If you recruited Lu Bu he is the best person to wield it. 4) In the dungeon of the castle you will meet Cao Cao and the Emperor. Cao Cao points out that he was almost killed in an ambush and that he will take care of the emperor. He encourages you to go on to Chang An to face Dong Zhuo. 5) Rest in the city, return to Xu Zhou to save if you like, then continue to Chang An through the cave just outside the city. Western Cave 1) Upon entry head directly west (following the southern branch in the fork ahead) and that will take you to some stairs (down). You will see a chest directly above you, which contains a Club (which should be given to Zhang Fei). From there continue west along the path and go up the stairs (up) directly ahead. The stairs will lead to a short passage that exits the cave. Chang An (Invite, Gullwing) Palace, Headquarters, Historian Inn (5 Gold Each), Provisions Blacksmith (Flail, Ax, Club, Leather, Bandana, Cap) Merchant (Elixir A, Steed, Power Pill, Resurrect, Smoke Pot) 1) Battle Dong Min and Fen Chou at the first gate (Easy) - Dong Min - Fen Chou - Rebel Force x2 Focus physical attacks on Dong Min while Guan Yu casts Ye Huo on Fen Chou. 93 Exp, 200 Gold, 550 Rations. 2) Battle Dong Zhuo, Jia Xu, and Zhang Ji at the castle (Hard) - Dong Zhuo - Jia Xu - Zhang Ji - [Lu Bu] Focus all physical attacks on Dong Zhuo while having and intelligent officer (Guan Yu) cast Ye Huo on him as well. When you are finished casting Ye Huo, have a weaker officer (e.g. Liu Feng) cast Wuo Jian. After Dong Zhuo is defeated focus all physical attacks on Jia Xu, and when he is defeated, deal with Zhang Ji as you please. If you did not recruit Lu Bu at Yang Zhou castle, you will face him again here. If you happen to have the Gemsword at this point, this is your second opportunity to recruit him! If not, or if you do not wish to recruit him, Lu Bu should be wiped out first by having intelligent officers target him with Ye Huo. 3) Invite Liu Bei by using the 'Invite' option presented in the same building you use to save your game. 4) See Liu Bei. He will thank you and give you a free rest! 5) You will wake up to Liu Bei's summons. Upon arrival to the castle you will meet one of Cao Cao's messengers who points out that Yuan Shu has come into possession of the Hereditary Seal and now calls himself emperor. You are encouraged to move into Yuan Shu's territory to deal with the rebel. 6) Zhou Chao, who is walking around in the northeastern part of the city can be hired, though again you should not have a need for him. It is common for Zhou Chao not to appear in games. 7) Save your game. 8) Purchase some Power Pills before moving on, then head west into Yuan Shu's territory when you are ready. --------------------------------------------- - CHAPTER III: YUAN SHU, THE FALSE EMPEROR - --------------------------------------------- Tavern 1) If you leave Chang An into Yuan Shu's territory and head south you will come across a small bar. Inside you will meat a powerful- looking general. His name is Zhao Yun, and he offers to join you. Unfortunately, however, he is currently serving Gong Sun Qian [Gongsun Zan] and cannot leave with you. 2) Now head east and follow the mountains until you see a small opening. From there you can head south to Yuan castle. Yuan Castle Inn (10 Gold Each), Provisions Blacksmith (Club, Leather, Padded) Merchant (Elixir B, Steed, Resurrect) 1) Battle Lei Bo and Chen Ji at the castle (Moderate) - Lei Bo - Chen Ji - Rebel Force x2 Focus all physical attacks on Lei Bo while having and intelligent officer (Guan Yu) cast Ye Huo on Chen Ji. When both are defeated or below 100 you may go all-out. 186 Exp, 324 Gold, 1200 Rations. 2) Rest at the inn to recover from your wounds. 3) If you like using Elixirs, purchase some of the new Elixir Bs. 4) From a person in the city you will hear that Huai Nan castle is south along the river and that an officer named Ji Ling defends the city. 5) You will hear that Yuan Shu is stealing all the beautiful ladies in the city. The Fiend! 6) Save at Chang An if you like, then follow the river to fight the powerful Ji Ling at Huai Nan castle. Huai Nan Castle Historian Inn (5 Gold Each), Provisions 1) Battle Ji Ling at the castle (Hard) - Ji Ling - Zhang Xun - Rebel Force Focus all physical attacks on Ji Ling while having and intelligent officer (Guan Yu) cast Ye Huo on Zhang Xun. Make sure you heal when needed. When only one of them remains go all-out unless an officer is near death. 168 Exp, 408 Gold, 675 Provisions. 2) Rest at the inn to recover from your wounds and save your game. 3) You find out that Zhao Yun, back at the bar, is one of the tigers (a group of five generals that served Liu Bei. These five generals were among the best in his kingdom). 4) A man asks if you are (leaders name). If you reply yes, he says that his wife has something to say to you. She lets you know that the west gate of Nan Yang is under construction and recommends attacking it. 5) Now move on to attack Chen Cang fortress directly to the north. There will be a passage to the east, but there is no point in going that direction yet. Chen Cang Fortress 1) Battle Han Xian and Li Feng at the fortress (Easy) - Han Xian - Li Feng - Rebel Force Focus all physical attacks on Li Feng while having and intelligent officer (Guan Yu) cast Ye Huo on Han Xian. Go all-out when one of them has been defeated. 174 Exp, 292 Gold, 1025 Rations. 2) The person at the entrance says nobody is there. Check anyway. 3) In a building to the northeast inside the fortress you may search a treasure chest for a spear. 4) In the center tent you will meet a person named Xu Yuan Zhi who offers you a letter of introduction that will allow you to meet a man named Shui Jing. 5) Head south from the fortress and go east along the path you previously passed to meet Shui Jing. Shui Jing's Home 1) Offering the introduction from Xu Yuan Zhi you may pass the woman at the entrance to meet Shui Jing. 2) Shui Jing says that if you employ Fu Long or Fen Chu as your strategist nobody can stand before you. He also says you will meet them soon. Fu Long and Fen Chu are Zhuge Liang and Pang Tong. 3) Return to Huai Nan to heal, save at Chang An if necessary, then from Chen Cang fortress head north. You will find a castle with two gates, and to its east a cave. If you wish to get some good items, go to the cave. Otherwise head to the castle. Eastern Cave 1) From the entrance head north. Follow the path until it splits south and west. Go west. Up against the wall a chest will contain a Spear. The closer one will contain a Cap. Backtrack to the beginning. 2) From the entrance go west past the first intersection in the road to another that goes north or continues west along the southern wall. Take the north route, which will wind around to the south and to some stairs (down). Follow the path north from the stairs to get between 1500 and 1700 gold, follow south to get a Robe. Return to the cave entrance. 3) From the entrance follow the south most wall. It will lead you west, past a river, then north to some stairs (down). Search the chest by the stairs to get a Cap. Follow the eastern path around until you see some stairs (down). In a room in the southwest corner of the floor you will find a Spear. Continue east from that chest to another which also contains a Spear. From that chest go north until you see a small room off to your east. Enter and open the chest to find a Robe. Leave the room and go west until you see the stairs you passed earlier, then go down them. 4) You will see four chests. The southern one contains approximately 1000 coins, the eastern a Power Pill, the northern a Robe, and the western chest contains a Cap. You have everything in the cave now, so return to Huai Nan castle and rest then go north to attack the gates next to the cave. Nan Yang Castle (Invite, Gullwing) Palace, Headquarters, Historian Inn (12 Gold Each), Provisions Blacksmith (Club, Padded AC45, Hood AC40) Merchant (Elixir B, Steed, Resurrect, Gullwing) 1) Battle Liang Ji at the First Gate (Very Easy) - Liang Ji - Rebel Force x2 Focus all physical attacks on Liang Ji while having an intelligent officer (Guan Yu) cast Ye Huo on him as well. When he is defeated or below 100 go all-out. 123 Exp, 184 Gold, 950 Rations. 2) Battle Chen Lan and Ling Gang at the Second Gate (Very Easy) - Chen Lan - Ling Gang - Rebel Force x2 Focus all physical attacks on Chen Lan while having an intelligent officer (Guan Yu) cast Ye Huo on Ling Gang. When they are defeated or below 100 go all-out. 150 Exp, 264 Gold, 975 Rations. 3) Battle Yuan Shu at the Castle (Hard) - Yuan Shu - Yuan Yin - Lu Fan - [Lu Bu] - Rebel Force Focus all physical attacks on Yuan Shu while having and intelligent officer (Guan Yu) cast Ye Huo on Yuan Yin, which will hit only occasionally, but often enough. Make sure you cast Shui Jian at the beginning of the battle, it will help a lot. When Yuan Shu is defeated, make your physical attacks against Lu Fan. Heal when needed, and make sure you don't use your last TPs when casting Ye Huo. Power Pills may be used here to replace attacks if the battle is too hard. After the battle Yuan Shu will try to flee. If Zhang Fei is dead he will not be able to corner Yuan Shu. Will you chase him? 300 Exp, 484 Gold, 2325 Rations. Lu Bu will join this battle against you if you did not recruit him in Dong Zhuo's territory, and he will be more powerful than he was when you last met. As always, he is a primary target due to his ability to dole out heavy damage, and teaming up on him with intelligent officers and Ye Huo should see him defeated. * Remember what a villager said earlier? "The west gate of Nan Yang Castle is under construction. If you attack now, you can probably break it easily." Well, if you attack Nan Yang Castle from the western direction the castle defense bonus given to Yuan Shu and his army is negated as if Cheng Nei had been used. Good to know if you need an edge in this battle. 4) Rest, remove unwanted generals, save, and invite Liu Bei. 5) Speak to Liu Bei, then speak to the residents. 6) Purchase a Silver Key from a merchant walking around in the northeast area of the castle for 4000 gold. It is a great bargain! 7) Search the end of the path, leading toward the palace, in the north- east area of the city. There, you will find the Trident, a one-of- a kind weapon with an attack power of 100! This weapon will serve you amazingly well through the next two and a half areas! 8) Villagers tell you that Yuan Shu's brother is seeking revenge and has left Bo Hai castle to come and defeat you. Everyone thinks Yuan Shu is dead, including Liu Bei, even if he fled. If Yuan Shu did get away, however, one curious man asks, "Didn't I just see Yuan Shu outside the castle?" 9) It is vital that you purchase some equipment upgrades in this area. You will need them very much for the upcoming area. The Hood provides you with AC 40 while the Padded provides you with AC 45. Purchase Hoods for your officers before you purchase Paddeds. Make sure you save enough to buy Power Pills in future cities and rest at the inn when you need to. 10) Spoiler: at this point, you should give all of Lu Bu's equipment to another character in your party, and prepare a fifth officer, even if only temporary, to take his palce. You will see why soon. 11) Save your game, then venture into Yuan Shao's territory when you are prepared. --------------------------------------------- - STORYLINE BRANCH: YUAN SHAO, or JINGZHOU? - --------------------------------------------- At this point in the game you will be given a degree of freedom in choosing your future path. Yuan Shao's territory can be very dangerous with the likes of Yan Liang and Wen Hun, and the final battle against Yuan Shao can be very difficult. If you travel across the Nan Yang bridge, west, then down another bridge which should appear quickly, you will instead enter Jingzhou. Aside from a very difficult battle with Han Xuan, Huang Zhong, and Wei Yan, this path is much easier than Yuan Shao's. You will be able to receive very powerful weapons--swords--along this path, though, and armed with them Yuan Shao's territory would be extremely easy to complete. You can also recruit Huang Zhong, a tiger general, Wei Yan, a very powerful officer with many soldiers, and Pang Tong, if you go far enough, one of the finest strategists in the game who just happens to be backed by an exceptional force of soldiers. You may also mix-and-match your approach. You could start in Yuan Shao's territory, for example. Recruit Xu Zhe, a very talented strategist, and buy some Wood Hs from Bo Hai. Perhaps the easiest path woul be to do just that, travel south to complete Jingzhou, then return to Nan Yang to finish conquering Yuan Shao's lands. The game points you in the direction of Yuan Shao's territory. If you savor the challenge, start there. ------------------------------------------- - CHAPTER IV: YUAN SHAO, AVENGING FAMILY - ------------------------------------------- Northern Bridge After you exit the city to go north into Yuan Shao's territory you will be attacks after your second step on the bridge. Yuan Shao himself has ambushed you. As if matters weren't bad enough, Lu Bu betrays you and changes sides over to Yuan Shao! 1) Battle Yuan Shao outside Nan Yang castle. (n/a) - Yuan Shao - Guo Tu - Wen Hun - Yan Liang - Lu Bu There is no particular strategy to this battle. Yuan Shao will catch you by surprise and he will attack you with all his men including the reinforced Lu Bu. If you have equipped all your men and given Lu Bu's equipment to your 6th general you may be able to survive the round without any deaths. If not, or if he caught you unprepared, you may loose up to four generals. The odds of him wiping you out though are almost nonexistent. Even if all your generals are weak, one still usually uses a non-damage tactic. 2) Return to Nan Yang, talk to Liu Bei, rest, save, then once again venture into Yuan Shao's territory. Remember the names of the generals you met and avoid them in battle for the next little while. Don't worry, there will be some hard battles, but when you face Yuan Shao you will be more prepared than you were in this battle. If you feel the need for some extra strength return to Yuan Shu's territory and recruit Ji Ling and Zhang Xun to help out. 3) Go north, then when you are approaching the mountain head west. Avoid the dangerous generals at this time. Off to the west you will find a cave. Enter the cave. Dan Fu's Cave 1) The entrance of the cave will twist south immediately after the entrance, then split into two paths: one south, and one west. Follow the west path along the water until you see a general. Talk to him. 2) He will try to ambush you for your possessions, but before he does he will stop to ask who you are. When he finds out you are with Liu Bei, he apologizes, expresses his interest in joining you, then you have the choice to hire him. Do so. He will replace Lu Bu. He is a little smarter, has more soldiers, and while he does not have as much strength, he is by no means weak. 3) When prepared, leave the cave and return to Nan Yang to save and rest if needed. 4) From Nan Yang go north again, but instead of heading west, go east until you see a castle. Attacks the castle. Bo Hai Castle 1) Battle Lu Guang, Shen Pei, and Gao Lan at the castle. (Moderate) - Lu Guang - Shen Pei - Gao Lan Focus all physical attacks on Shen Pei while having or two intelligent officer (Guan Yu, Liu Feng) cast Ye Huo on Lu Guang. You may wish to cast Shui Jian to protect against Shen Pei's Shui Xing, but it is not necessary for survival. When both are defeated focus both physical attacks and fire attacks on Gao Lan until he is weak. At this point it is safe go to all-out. Heal as needed throughout the battle. 2) Rest in the inn to recover your wounds. 3) You cannot yet cross the bridge, the woman blocking the bridge is crying for a person name Xu Zhe. An old man says that that he is no longer going by that name, but instead uses the name Dan Fu. Another man says that Dan Fu is located in the cave to the west. 4) You will meet Shui Jing again in this castle, and he asks you if you have gone to the western cave. He asks about some debris and then he gives you some Gun Powder to clear them away. 5) Return and save in Nan Yang, then return to Dan Fu's Cave. Dan Fu's Cave (Second Visit) 1) Again, go immediately west, but now continue past the stream. The road will eventually split. One path will continue west to a dead end, but there will also be a south road, which you should take. The south road will immediately split. It will continue south or go west into a twisty passage. Go west and through the passage. The passage will end going west again, but will split. You may continue west or go north. Follow the path north. It will continue north then turn west to some boulders blocking your path. You can now see a man behind them in northwest portion of the level. Use the Gun Powder from the items menu while facing the rocks and they will be destroyed. You may now talk to and recruit Dan Fu, or Xu Zhe [Shu] as he is really named. 2) Exit the cave and return to rest and save if you need to. Continue on to Bo Hai castle. If you haven't yet recruited any good people from Yuan Shao's territory (Lu Guang, Shen Pei) it may be a good idea to drop to five generals so Xu Zhe [Shu] can also participate in battle. His skill with tactics is hardly short of vital. Bo Hai Castle (2nd Visit) Inn (12 Gold Each), Provisions Blacksmith (Spear, Padded AC45, Hood AC40, Wood H AC60) 1) Continue to the bridge and talk to the woman. Because Xu Zhe [Shu] is with you, she will apologize and allow you to pass. You may now access the other half of the city. 2) The next battle will be very difficult so the purchase of Wood Hs, Padded Armors and Power Pills is advised if you are not up for the challenge or if the last battle was dangerous. If you are playing a challenge that limits your random encounters you should at least consider the purchase of some Power Pills. It should also be noted that the Wood H is an extremely great defensive item for the price you pay, and its purchase is strongly advised. 3) You will find out that Yuan Shao is at Ji Zhou castle to the east. 4) Having purchased some particularly study Wood Hs with a difficult battle ahead, this is a good opportunity to consider venturing into Jingzhou before proceeding further into Yuan Shao's territory. See the Jingzhou vs. Yuan Shao discussion right before this chapter for more information. 5) When you are prepared to fight the bad boys of the area, leave the castle and head east going north over the mountains then south down over the other side. You will see a small fortress. Attacks the gate. Xu Shou's Fortress 1) Battle Xu Shou at the fortress (Very Hard) - Xu Shou - Yan Ling - Wen Hun [Chou] - Rebel Force You must start the battle by reducing both Yan Liang and Wen Hun [Chou] below 1000. The best strategy to do this is have three powerful characters use Power Pills on Yan Liang and the other two smart officers use Ye Huo on Wen Hun [Chou]. Repeat this two rounds and they should be below. From this point continue beating on Yan Liang with all you have until he goes under then you will start on Wen Hun [Chou]. When they are defeated you can start on Xu Shou. Remember, he has Yan Re, a new fire tactic. It can do terrifying damage to all in your party. Did you bring Xu Zhe [Shu]? I hope so. You must take him down with all you have as well. Heal as needed only, and you do not want him to get a window in which to use Tong Xian. This and a lack of critical hits and Yan Res on their part can lead you to victory. 2) After you defeat them you can enter. This is a very small fortress and up in the northeastern area you will see a woman inside a small prison. If you talk to her she explains that you need a Silver Key to let her out. If you have the key let her out. If you do not, you must go back and get it before going to the next castle. After you release her she will thank you and give you the Zhao [Zhao] Letr to give to Zhao Yun so he knows she is ok. Return to Bo Hai to rest, or to Nan Yang to save if you like, then continue (or, if you defeated Xu Shou in good health, continue without returning, but be careful). 3) It is appropriate to note that Xu Shou, Yan Liang, and Wen Hun [Chou] can now be recruited in random encounters. You wouldn't regret picking one of the two warriors up. They are among the best officers you'll come across for a while. Guang Zong Castle 1) Upon arrival you will not battle at the gate, but rather you will enter the premises. Inside you will see Zhao Yun guarding the one entrance to the castle. He warns you that he does not wish to fight and suggests that you leave at once. Rather than leave give him the Zhao [Zhao] Letr so he knows his sister is okay. He will then no longer be inclined to fight for Yuan Shao and will ask to join your side. Do not hesitate to use him; he is arguably the best general in the game. It is now a good idea to return to Nan Yang to reduce your party to 5 generals again so Xu Zhe [Shu] can still participate. When ready, return. 2) Battle Yuan Tan, Yuan Xi, and Tian Feng at the castle (Hard) - Yuan Tan - Yuan Xi - Tian Feng - Rebel Force Focus all physical attacks on Yuan Tan while having one or two intelligent officers (Guan Yu, Zhao Yun, or Xu Zhe [Shu]) cast Ye Huo on Yuan Xi. Yuan Xi will not be hit every time but it will be enough to count. When one of the two is defeated you should alter your strategy (If you don't mind the cost, Power Pills can be used instead). It is important that you get them below 1000 quickly. If Yuan Xi is still up while Yuan Tan is down, make a few more attacks on Yuan Xi. Make one or two on Tian Feng as well. Continue when all are below 1000. If Yuan Tan was defeated, start making your attacks against Tian Feng. If Yuan Xi was defeated have everyone make physical attacks against Yuan Tan then finally Tian Feng. You may want to use Power Pills if attacking a general above 1000 soldiers. 3) Enter the city and rest at the inn. 4) In the middle of the town there is a well. If you search below you will find a Sabre; a great item for this point in the game. 5) The villagers are all afraid of Yuan Shao. You will find out from them that Ji Zhou is supposed to be to the east, and that they are suspicious of spies in the city. In fact, there is a scary- looking warrior in the central area of the southern portion of the city. If you talk to him, he will fight you. Save first. 6) Battle Yuan Shang in the city (Normal) - Yuan Shang - Rebel Force x5 Yuan Shang is one of the most powerful generals you have met yet. He is strong, smart, has many soldiers, and some of the best tactics of the area. He is also alone, and that is why he will not be too hard. Simply focus on him with normal attacks with all characters. If anyone gets below 200 simply heal them with Tong Xian. The battle may take a little longer, but you should defeat him without losing a general. 7) You should make sure your generals are well equipped and have Power Pills available. When you are ready, head east from the city, north over the mountain, then east again until you see some gates. Attacks them. Ji Zhou Castle Palace, Headquarters, Historian Inn (25 Gold Each), Provisions Blacksmith (Sabre AP70, Padded AC45, Wood H AC60) Merchant (Resurrect, Elixir B, Smoke Pot, Gullwing, Power Pill) 1) Battle Ma Yan and Lu Xiang at the first gate. (Easy) - Ma Yan - Lu Xiang - Rebel Force x3 Focus all physical attacks on Ma Yan while having two intelligent officers (Guan Yu, Zhao Yun, or Xu Zhe [Shu]) cast Ye Huo on Lu Xiang. When one of the two is defeated you can go all-out to finish the battle. 2) Battle Zhang Yi and Guo Tu at the second gate. (Moderate) - Zhang Yi - Guo Tu - Rebel Force x2 Focus all physical attacks on Guo Tu while having two intelligent officers (Guan Yu, Zhao Yun, or Xu Zhe [Shu]) cast Yan Re on the enemy party. When one of the two is defeated you can go all-out to finish the battle. 3) Go back to Guan Zong to rest. Make sure that you are prepared for the next battle. When ready, return to attack the castle. 4) Battle Yuan Shao, Yuan Shu*, Zhang He, Ju Shou, and Lu Bu at the castle (Very Hard) - Yuan Shao - Yuan Shu* - Zhang He - Ju Shou - Lu Bu This battle is only very terrible if you leave Lu Bu alone. You _must_ defeat him as soon as you can. Focus all physical attacks on Lu Bu, using Power Pills at least while he is above 1000. Have two or three intelligent officers cast Yan Re (Guan Yu, Zhao Yun, Xu Zhe) on the enemy party. The spell will rarely hit most of the generals, but it will do more than its share of damage. Make sure you conserve some TP for Tong Xian. When Lu Bu is below 1000, and you see another general close, go ahead and attack them once to make sure they fall below. Within a few rounds most enemy generals should be below 1000. Remove the enemies with physical attacks in this order: Lu Bu, Zhang He, Yuan Shao, Ju Shou, and then Yuan Shu*. * Note: If you didn't kill Yuan Shu when he tried to get away, you will have to face him here ranked below Yuan Shao. 5) Search the space in front of the southeastern small building, in the actual Ji Zhou city, to find a hidden Bow. Give it to one of your best officers if you haven't already spoiled yourself with Swords from Jingzhou. 6) In the city all will be thankful. The Sabre is now available in the weapon shop. If you have some extra money, purchase a few. Make sure you stock up on Power Pills again, and get a Gullwing. 7) Outside on the north portion of the castle there is a small home. In it you will meet a man that will increase your level by one. Perhaps you should save it for a level up that is more difficult to get... like level 51. Invite Liu Bei. He thanks you for your hard work, and suggests that we must now unite Jing Zhou. When you are ready, return to Nan Yang, cross the bridge, go west, and cross the next bridge you see south. You are now in Jing Zhou. ---------------------------------------------------- - CHAPTER V: JING ZHOU - DIVIDED AMONG FOUR LORDS - ---------------------------------------------------- Generals Homes 1) Upon entry to Jing Zhou you will come across a house at the end of the bridge. This house belongs to Yi Ji. Yi greets you and informs you that his friends Ma Liang and Ma Su have some information for you. He tells you that their house is just south of here. He asks if you are willing to unify Jing Zhou. Of course you are, that is why you came here. 2) Further south down the road you will come to Ma Su's home. Inside he greets you and lets you know that his brother, Ma Liang, is in a house southeast of his own. He encourages you to meet him and listen to his story. 3) You will pass a home on the way to Ma Liang's house. A fellow inside lets you know that this home belongs to Zhu Ge [Zhuge] Liang, but he is not currently home. Continue with your journey. 4) After continuing down the trail you come to Ma Liang's home. He gladly receives you and informs you that four governors are fighting for control of Jing Zhou, but the common man is suffering. He begs you to unify the land. Continue south along the shore to fight at the first castle. Wu Ling Castle Inn (30 Gold Each), Provisions Merchant (Elixir B, Elixir C, Resurrect) 1) Battle Jin Xuan and Gong Zhi at the castle. (Easy) - Jin Xuan - Gong Zhi - Rebel Force x2 Focus all physical attacks on Gong Zhi while having two or three intelligent officers (Guan Yu, Xu Zhe [Shu], or Zhao Yun) cast Ye Huo. Remember to get the generals below 1000 as soon as possible. When one of the two is defeated you may go all-out to finish the battle. 2) Rest at the inn to recover from your wounds. 3) Search under the well in the upper part of the town to find a bow. This powerful weapon gets two attacks, with the second being at half strength. 4) If you cannot yet heal your whole party, pick up some Elixir Cs for the next battle. They will be very helpful. 5) Meet the vicious tiger Wang. "Grrrrrr..." 6) You hear that Chang Sha castle is inhabited by an 'old tiger'. The person you are speaking to wonders if he could be one of the five. 7) Another person asks if you could settle Chang Sha castle as well. Looks like you are going to meet this 'old tiger'. 8) You hear that a great wise man lives in a castle called Ling Ling. You are told that this is the man Shui Jing called Feng Chu and he goes by the name of Pang Tong. 9) When prepared, move on to Chang Sha. It is going to be a hard battle, so make sure you are more than ready. Return to Nan Yang to save if you are not confident. Follow the road east from Wu Ling until it turns south along the river. Across a bridge you will come across Chang Sha castle. Chang Sha Castle (Gullwing) Headquarters Inn (40 Gold Each), Provisions Blacksmith (Bow, Ring M, Wood H) Merchant (Resurrect, Elixir C, Gullwing, Power Pill) 1) Battle Han Xuan, Huang Zhong, Wei Yan, and Yang Ling at the castle. (Very Hard) - Han Xuan - Huang Zhong - Wei Yan - Yang Ling - Rebel Force This will be a hard battle, like Han Xuan said, and many generals could die if you don't get Wei Yan and Huang Zhong under 1000 quickly. In the first round have your two strongest fighters use Power Pills on Huang Zhong and, if you have three intelligent officers (Guan Yu, Xu Zhe [Shu], Zhao Yun) have them all use Ye Huo. If you only have two, have the strongest of three remaining (best if with the Bow) use a Power Pill on Wei Yan. This could take both Wei Yan and Huang Zhong under a 1000, but if it does not, try to have the person with Chi Tu Ma get a hit in to do so before they get a turn. You must now focus all physical attacks on Huang Zhong with three warriors, and then when he is defeated, on Wei Yan with two or three. The other smart generals should be using Yan Re while doing this. When they are both defeated the other two should be under 1000 or nearly dead. If you are not too beaten up, go all-out to finish the battle. If you are wounded, kill the one with less soldiers, then the stronger one. Heal as needed throughout the battle and remember to leave a few TP for healing in an emergency. 2) Upon entry you will meet Wei Yan and Huang Zhong. Both want to join you! This is a very good chance and you should not pass it up. Wei Yan is the best general that you can possibly have on your side at this time. Make him your leader, and give him the sword (which should always go to a general with over 1000 soldiers if possible) that is found within the city. Huang Zhong is a Tiger General. 3) Immediately after you enter you will see a well. Search below to find a Sword, a surprisingly powerful weapon for this area. For now, Zhang Fei is the best owner for this weapon. 4) Chang your equipment around and remove any generals you no longer need. Xu Zhe [Shu] should probably be removed from combat in favor of a better fighter. 5) Restock on Power Pills, Elixir Cs if you use them, and make sure you have at least four Gullwings for the upcoming areas. 6) The Bow (4000) and the Ring M (2000) are now available at the equipment dealer's shop. The Bow is a powerful addition if you want the extra strength, but the Ring M is only AC5 better than the Padded armor. You really do not need to buy any of them unless you have extra money, but you may want to buy a Ring M or two at this point for your two weakest characters (soldier wise, that is). 7) The people are very upset about all the war. 8) It is suggested that you take Gui Yang castle next. 9) Somebody suggests that you should not trust governor Zhao Fan of Gui Yang castle. Why is that? 10) Meet the savage Wang for the second time and almost be attacked! That would be a very terrible thing to happen indeed. 11) When you are prepared head south from Chang Sha to Gui Yang castle. If you are not confident use a Gullwing to return to Nan Yang so you can save your game. You should probably save at least every two major battles. Gui Yang Castle (Invite) Palace, Historian Inn (30 Gold Each), Provisions Merchant (Power Pill, Elixir C, Smoke Pot) 1) Surprisingly you are not attacked at the gate. Instead you are granted entry and everyone seems to welcome you with open arms. A friendly lord indeed! Do all his men and generals feel you are so welcome as well? 2) Before entering the palace, locate the well along the central eastern side of the city, and search below it. You will find another Sword! The lord of this castle must really trust you to be leaving things like this around... right? 3) Talk to the somewhat zombie-like residents, then arrive in the palace to talk with Zhao Fan, the lord, who is quite interested in offering you the chance to rest at no charge. He is quite happy to accept either answer you provide. 4) If you refuse, he will become angry, and will attack you on the spot with his officers. If you accept, you will rest, but in the middle of the night he will ambush you with his officers, causing all of your officers to automatically lose 75% of their soldiers! We present strategies for either situation below. 5a) Battle Zhao Fan, Bao Long, and Chen Ying in the palace. (Easy) - Zhao Fan - Bao Long - Chen Ying - Rebel Force x2 The strategy is simple. Have Wei Yan, using a sword (or the most powerful alternative), attack Zhao Fan. Have the other character with a sword attack Bao Long. Have another person with a Bow attack Chen Ying. The other two generals can attack Zhao Fan or use Ye Huo, either works. The next round, go all-out. 5b) Ambushed by Zhao Fan, Bao Long, and Chen Ying in the palace. (Hard) - Zhao Fan - Bao Long - Chen Ying - Rebel Force x2 This is a tougher situation. If you have a spell to heal your whole party, have the person with Chi Tu Ma cast it along with somebody else, then follow the strategy listed above for the normal battle. If you do not (yes, I still have Tong Xian) you must hope for the best. On your first round each character should cast Tong Xian, with the general that is using Chi Tu Ma casting it on your most valuable or weakest character (Probably Zhao Yun). If you know your usual turn order you can make good use of that here. When you have recovered (you may have lost one to three generals) you can begin following the strategy outlined under the normal attack above. If you lost too many people to do that, even after using any Resurrects, start by taking the opponents below 1000. When they are below 1000, beat them in this order: Zhao Fan, Chen Ying, and then Bao Long. Heal as needed while fighting. 6) After his defeat he will step down from the throne and beg mercy. 7) Get that sword mentioned in step two if you missed it! 8) Rest at the inn to recover your wounds, save your game, and invite Liu Bei to the palace. 9) Restock your Power Pills (if you used any), Elixir Cs (if you use them) and get some Smoke Pots if you have some money to burn and don't want to deal with any random battle. 10) You hear of a powerful man named Xing Dao Rong at the next castle named Ling Ling, the home of Pang Tong. 11) Liu Bei and the rest of the residents only additional reminders that you should be conquering Jing Zhou and not talking to them. 12) When you are prepared head south and follow the water northwest until you see Ling Ling inside the mountains. Attack the gate. Ling Ling Castle Palace, Headquarters, Historian Inn (30 Gold Each), Provisions Merchant (Power Pill, Smoke Pot, Resurrect) 1) Battle Xing Dao Rong and Liu Yang at the gate. (Easy) - Xing Dao Rong [Xingdao Rong] - Liu Yang - Rebel Force x3 Have your best warrior (soldiers over 1000 and strength) attack Xing Dao Rong and have your other general with the Sword attack Liu Yang. Two other generals should attack Liu Yang and the last attack Xing Dao Rong. This will drop them below 1000, and you can go all-out with no concern. 2) Battle Liu Du at the castle (Easy) - Liu Du - Xing Dao Rong [Xingdao Rong] - Rebel Force x2 Have your best warrior (soldiers over 1000 and strength) attack Liu Du and have your other general with the sword attack Xing Dao Rong. Two other generals should attack Xing Dao Rong and the last attack Liu Du (best with a Bow). This will drop them below 1000, and you can go all-out. 3) When you defeat Liu Du you will receive a message that you have unified Jing Zhou. Go speak to Liu Bei when you are done here to get an update on what is going on in the country. 4) Rest at the inn to recover your wounds and save your game. 5) If you walk just outside the entrance you will see that there are two blocks of walking space around the wall to the west. Follow this path and it will lead you to a house outside the west side of the city. Inside you will see a man that looks _exactly_ like Pang Tong, and he will suggest that you search the area around him. If you search below him you will find a Sword.* * Note: If no sword is found here you are suffering from a rare glitch that has come up in Destiny of an Emperor. If you continue with your game you will _not_ be able to get two of the five special blades later in the game, and you will _not_ get the Halberd, the best weapon in the game. Many people have been able to reverse the glitch by fighting 45 or more random battles outside, and this is certainly worth trying, but if you cannot resolve the problem in the end, you are better off starting your game over again. The cause of this glitch is unknown. 6) Replenish your Power Pills and buy Smoke Pots if wanted. 7) The people are happy to finally be free, but when you search for Pang Tong the fellow standing in the northwest area of the city simply suggests that Pang Tong has gone out with his soldiers. This is followed by a chime. This chime indicates that Pang Tong, a very powerful general, is now roaming free in Jingzhou. You may stumble across him while traveling in Jingzhou. If you defeat him he will join your party. For now, you may wish to consider waiting until Zhuge Liang joins your party. Also keep away from water when it can be helped--you do not want Pang Tong to have access to the water tactic, Hong Shui. 8) When you are prepared and rested you should go to Gui Yang, which is where you will find Liu Bei, invited or not. Gui Yang Castle (2nd Visit) (Invite) 1) Rest if wounded and save the game. 2) If you have not defeated Yuan Shao Liu Bei will suggest that you take your battle to his territory. You must defeat Yuan Shao before the game will progress. If you have also defeated Yuan Shao, read on! 3) Spoiler: you should give Xu Zhe's items to another officer. 4) Liu Bei has a letter for Xu Zhe. Xu Zhe reads the letter and informs you that his mother, housed at the capital, is ill. He requests to leave immediately and Liu Bei allows him to. If Xu Zhe, for some odd reason, is in your billeting, Liu Bei will ask you to come back with him in your party. 5) Leaving the palace, you will meet Xu Zhe again. He will tell you where Zhuge Liang's home is (it was a hut you passed when you first entered Jingzhou, and inside there was only a fellow wondering who lived there). He will suggest that you locate him now, and make him your strategist. He also tells you that Zhuge Liang is the person Shui Jing referred to as Fu Long. * Note: In this game, Zhuge Liang's name appears as Zhu Ge Liang. 6) If you were told that Pang Tong went out with his soldiers in Ling Ling castle, and you wish to avoid him until you have a good strategist, you will want to buy a character's inventory worth of Smoke Pots here, and five Gullwings in Chang Sha. If you don't mind walking in the fields with Pang Tong, or Pang Tong hasn't yet left with his troops, there is no need for Smoke Pots, and you only need to buy three Gullwings. 7) Use a Gullwing and retrace your steps to Zhuge Liang's home. Make sure you are prepared for battle, as you have just lost your tactician. You will be getting several to replace him soon enough, two of which being better. Ma Liang's House 1) If you stop by Ma Liang's house you will meet him and Ma Su. They are very grateful and ask to join you in your cause after pointing out that they are skilled martial artists. The are excellent strategists and Ma Su is also a decent warrior with many soldiers. One of them, Ma Ling in particular, could serve as a temporary replacement for the very skilled Xu Zhe. * Note: Don't forget about Ma Liang! Later in the game your best strategists will learn the Wan Fu healing tactic, which heals one officer fully. This can be good or bad. If you need a tactic that heals everyone, in the hands of a skilled strategist, you will want to turn to Ma Liang. 2) Continue west until you reach the next hut, Zhuge Liang's home. Zhuge Liang's House 1) Jin, Zhuge Liang's brother is home, but Liang himself is away. Jin points out that he left to visit Cui Zhou Ping in Lou Sang village. Remember that village in which you started the game, and the man standing outside a hut who complained that, "Cui Zhou Ping is never home?" Use a Gullwing and return to Xu Zhou, then follow the path outside the castle to the east. Cui Zhou Ping is home. Lou Sang Village (2nd Visit) 1) Go to Chi Zhou Ping's home and talk to him. He will tell you that you just missed Zhuge Liang. 2) Use a Gullwing to Nan Yang, return to Zhuge Liang's home. 3) You may want to save your game at Nan Yang. Zhuge Liang's House (2nd Visit) 1) When you arrive, talk to Jin. He will tell you that Zhuge Liang has come, but already left again. He suggests that you return to Nan Yang castle, and offers to send you a message there when Zhuge Liang returns. 2) Return to Nan Yang castle. Nan Yang Castle (2nd Visit) (Invite, Gullwing) 1) Rest if needed and save your game. 2) Enter and talk to Liu Bei (who has arrived) in the palace. He will tell you that he received a message from Jin, which states that his brother, Zhuge Liang, has returned home. 3) Return again to Zhuge Liang's home. Zhuge Liang's House (3rd Visit) 1) Jin will greet you pointing out that his brother is home, but he is in the back sleeping. Go back and talk to him. You will have a choice. Do you want to wake him or not? If you choose yes, he will wake up, quite angry, and ignore you. You will not be able to recruit him on this visit. If you choose no, and patiently wait (don't press any buttons), he will wake up on his own accord and greet you. He explains that, under normal circum- stances he would never leave his broth, Jin, unattended, but that, because you have come so many times, and shown your dedication, he will join you. He explains that he has a few obligations to fulfill, and that aferward he will meet you at Gui Yang castle. 2) Return to Gui Yang. Gui Yang Castle (3rd Visit) (Invite) 1) Rest if needed and save your game. 2) Enter the palace and speak with Liu Bei. He greets you and informs you that Zhuge Liang has some interesting information. 3) Zhuge Liang tells you that on the way he met his old friend Zhang Song, and that Zhang reports many problems in his area with border raids from the Han Zhong army. he goes on to say that the governor, your relative, Liu Zheng begs you to assist him. Zhuge Liang says that if you go, he will accompany you, and joins your party. 4) Prepare your party and head out in search for Pang Tong, if you have been lucky enough to avoid him thus far. Avoid fighting close enough to the water for your opponents to use water tactics. Failure to do so at this point could lead to your death. Pang Tong Fields 1a) Battle Pang Tong in a random battle away from the water. (Hard) - Pang Tong - Rebel Force x3 You must attack him with each general's physical attack, using a Power Pill. Do not back off, and only heal if you have a general that does not do enough damage to matter. Pang has many tactics that you have never seen before. Da Re will kill most generals in one hit. Hong Shui, fortunately, you do not need to be concerned about. Ji Mian will cancel all your attacks, which can spell death. Wan Fu will heal all his soldiers. Bei Ji doubles all his damage. Just keep attacking him. If he uses Ji Mian, try some tactics on him and heal. They will probably fail, but if they get the damage in even once it is worth it. You should win unless Ji Mian stays in effect for too long. Having Zhuge Liang or Ma Su in your party gives you a small advantage. Zhu Ge is hard for him to hit and can actually hit him with some tactics. Ma Su is fairly hard for him to hit, and he has enough soldiers to live through all his tactics. 1b) Battle Pang Tong in a random battle near the water. (Very Hard) - Pang Tong - Rebel Force x3 You must fight him exactly as mentioned above. The one difference here is that instead of using Da Re, which will kill only one general, he uses Hong Shui, which does 1100 to 1300 damage to each general and twice that if he casts Bei Ji. Again, having Zhuge Liang in your party gives you a good chance, but Ma Su is a great advantage here. On average he will live through as much as three Hong Shui attacks provided he dodges one of them. If he uses Ji Mian, you will probably loose, especially if he keeps healing or using Hong Shui. 2) When you defeat him, he will join you. Make him your leader and move on to attack Shu when you are ready. ------------------------------------ - CHAPTER VI - SHU, THE RIVERLANDS - ------------------------------------ Lu Bu's Revenge 1) In random battles there is a chance that you will meet Lu Bu again. He will want revenge for his defeats. He is more powerful then ever before, and you may find it very hard to beat him. Battle Lu Bu in a random field battle. (Hard) - Lu Bu - Rebel Force x4 Begin the battle by casting Ji Rou with the general that is using Chi Tu Ma. If you have Bei Ji, cast it on the generals that use Swords. It is best to do this with the weakest generals available. Have everyone use Power Pills. Assign a dedicated healer (preferably the general using Chi Tu Ma) and have everyone else continue using Power Pills until the battle is over. When Lu Bu is defeated, go all-out. If you loose, return and try again. This battle may take a few attempts to succeed. Once defeated, Lu Bu regrets his life of betrayal, then is executed. 2) Return to save and restock, then continue into Shu whenever you like. Also, the area just across the bridge in Shu is a great area to gain some experience if you are worried about the much more powerful generals in the area. Just keep in mind that down the road you will loose Ji Rou and Yin Xian. This means you will have a more restricted and costly healing method with no damage softening tactics. You will not find castles that much easier, but random battles will be much more manageable. A Home Along the Road 1) As you pass through the forests and mountains of Shu you will find a small home at the end of a road. You must pass the home in order to proceed. Inside you will meet an officer who will mirror Zhang Song's words, urging you along. If you have not yet recruited Zhuge Liang you must do so now as he will not let you pass until you have. Super Rebels and Brigands 1) This is a special treat, only found in the asian versions of Destiny of an Emperor (you can download the Japanese ROM file if you are dedicated enough to give this a shot). Southeast of Liu Kui's fortress (see below, the next fortress along the way), if you explore along the bottom region of the mountain side (anywhere within the bottom two rows) you will encounter super-powered Brigand or Rebel forces. These "Super Rebels" will have soldiers ranging anywhere from 24,000 to 54,000 (that's more soldiers than even the final boss of this game), and will not be taken down lightly. If you do defeat them, however, you will be rewarded with a multitude of level-ups. In fact, it is possible to reach the game's highest regular level here in the span of around fifteen minutes. 2) For more information, review our article on this subject: http://kongming.net/doae/secrets/super_rebels/ Liu Kui's Fortress 1) Battle Liu Kui and Zhang Ren at the fortress. (Hard) - Liu Kui - Zhang Ren - Rebel Force x2 Have the general using Chi Tu Ma cast Ji Rou to prevent any serious damage. Have your two most powerful generals use Power Pills on Zhang Ren. Use the remaining two generals to cast Bei Ji on the generals using Power Pills. On the next round make physical attacks against Zhang Ren with everyone until he is defeated, then move on to Liu Kui. If you are hard pressed, don't hesitate to use Power Pills. After Liu Kui falls below 1000 soldiers, you may go all-out as long as you are not almost dead. 2) Inside the main tent a soldier will inform you that Liu Zheng has been captured and taken to Fu Shui castle. 3) There is nothing else in the fortress. Return to Gui Yang castle to rest and save if you like. When prepared, trace your steps back to this fortress and continue along the path to save Liu Zheng. If you are having trouble in the area, stop and try to recruit Zhang Ren. He is available and there is not a better general to have in your active party at this time. Swordmaker's Home 1) Just east of Fu Shui castle there is a home in which a swords master lives. He tells you that he has been making swords for years, but has not made one he truly appreciates. He tells you that the best Iron can be found at Mt. Gang. Tai, but that it is very rare. He says that if you bring some back he can finally make his masterpiece. Fu Shui Castle Headquarters, Historian Inn (25 Gold Each), Provisions Blacksmith (Bow, Sword, Ring M, Copper H) Merchant (Elixir C, Resurrect, Power Pill) 1) Battle Meng Da and Tao Qian at the gate. (Moderate) - Meng Da - Tao Qian - Rebel Force x2 Cast Ji Rou using the general that rides Chi Tu Ma. Have your two strongest generals attack Meng Da. Using the other two generals that remain, cast Bei Ji on the two attacking generals. Make physical attacks against Meng Da until he is defeated. You may go all-out at this point if your party is in good health, otherwise focus your attacks on Tao Qian before giving up control to the computer. 2) Battle Yan Yan, Fa Zheng, and Yang Huai at the castle. (Hard) - Yan Yan - Fa Zheng - Yang Huai - Rebel Force Cast Ji Rou with the general that rides Chi Tu Ma and have your two strongest generals attack Yan Yan. Have the remaining two cast Bei Ji on your attacking officers. On the next round have your best general attack Yan Yan with a Power Pill, have your next strongest attack Yang Huai with Power Pills, and have everyone else attack Yan Yan. This should finish him. Next have everyone attack Yang Huai, which should defeat him as well. If you are healthy at this point you can go all-out, otherwise focus on Fa Zheng, using Power Pills if necessary, while attempting to keep your health up. 3) Enter the city and rest at the inn. 4) Buy Power Pills to replace any that you may have used in the previous two battles and some Elixir Cs if you use them. 5) The equipment shop has the Copper H. While this helmet is not a huge improvement over the Wood Hs that have likely been serving you well for some time now (only a 10 AC gain), it is the best helmet you're going to be able to find for a while. You should pick up one for each member of your team if you have the money. 6) Someone reminds you that Liu Zheng is held somewhere in this city. 7) You hear of a mountain in Shu where good iron can be found. 8) You are told of the famed general, Wu Yi, who stays in Luo castle. 9) One of the residents tells you that the last of the Five Tigers is currently in Han Zhong's army (you currently have Guan Yu, Zhang Fei, Zhao Yun, and Huang Zhong. 10) Enter the palace and head to the northeast part where you will find a path through the wall. Inside you will see Liu Zheng behind some bars. If you speak to him he tells you that they are old and you could probably break them away by ramming them. To open the gate, stand in front of it, and tap the up button (do not hold down or press it too firmly) about every half second. After about five or six taps, the door should break away. If it does not, adjust the speed of your tap, and you should quickly have the door open. Both holding the button down, and ramming the door, have no worthwhile affect. 11) Save your game then continue north until you see a castle. Here you will battle the last of the Five Tigers. Be prepared. Luo castle Headquarters Inn (25 Gold Each) Merchant (Elixir C, Resurrect, Smoke pot, Gullwing) 1) Battle Huang Quan and Leng Bao at the gate. (Easy) - Huang Quan - Leng Bao - Rebel Force x3 Cast Ji Rou with the general using Chi Tu Ma, have your two strongest attack Leng Bao, and have the remaining two cast Bei Ji on them. On the next round you may go all-out. When they are defeated return to Fu Shui to rest and save your game, as you will want to be completely refreshed for the next battle.) 2) Battle Ma Chao, Ma Dai, and Pang De at the castle. (Very Hard) - Ma Chao - Ma Dai - Pang De - Rebel Force At Luo castle you must battle Ma Chao, along with his generals Ma Dai, Pang De, and a Rebel. This is a hard battle, so make sure you are prepared before entering it. Have your health and TP completely up and have all generals carrying a full stock of Power Pills. Pang De knows the spell Ji Mian, which Pang Tong (no relation) used when you fought him earlier. He should be defeated first but if he casts it make sure you focus on defense and healing until it wears off. All you can do it hope for that to happen soon. Begin the battle by casting Ji Rou with the general who rides Chi Tu Ma (Pang Tong is best for this). Have your two strongest generals use Power Pills on Pang De. Have the other two cast Bei Ji on those attacking generals. On the second round have the general with Chi Tu Ma cast Bei Ji on one of the last two generals, have the three best generals use Power Pills on Pang De (or Ma Chao if Pang is defeated), and have the last cast Bei Ji on himself. From this point on finish Ma Chao with Power Pills then move on to Ma Dai. You may need to repeat this battle if Pang De casts Ji Mian and it lasts too long. 3) Ma Chao will be shocked at his defeat and will request to join you as a result. If you hire him he will join you along with Ma Dai. 4) Enter the city and rest at the inn. 5) Search under the northernmost well to find a Battleax. 6) At the HQ you can replace generals to let Ma Chao and Ma Dai into your party. Remove Pang Tong and put Ma Dai in his place. Give Ma Dai the Battleax. If you are still using Wei Yan, replace him with Ma Chao. If you recruited Zhang Ren, replace Huang Zhong with Ma Chao, even if it means that Ma Chao does nothing for the time being. It won't be long until you add him to your active party. 7) You discover that Mt. Gang Tai, the location the swords master was speaking of, is due south of this city. 8) You are told that Liu Zheng has betrayed you and joined the Han Zhong army. Quite a turnaround. 9) You hear that Mian Zhu Guan fortress is just beyond My. Gang Tai. 10) Return to Fu Shui and save, then follow the path to Mt. Gang Tai. Mt. Gang Tai 1) Follow the path at the entrance until you see two small passages to the west and one to the north. Take the northernmost of the two west paths. It will wind around to some stairs going down. Go down them, and down the stairs you will see below. This will take you into a winding passage that leads to around 1400 coins. Take the money and return to the two passages by the entrance. 2) Taking the southern path you will head west through a passage and come through by a lake. Walk around the lake to find some stairs going down. When you are below you will see a passage to the south- eastern area by a pond. Follow that corridor east then north and you will find some stairs up. This will take you to a square room, which, if you walk around, you will find some more stairs leading up. You will come out in a triangle room, which, like the others, has some stairs up on the opposite corner. Take the stairs and you will come out by a chest. In the chest is the Iron Ore that the weapon smith mentioned earlier. Return to the passages by the entrance. Mian Zhu Guan Fortress 1) Battle Li Yan, Liu Ba, and Liu Xun at the fortress. (Easy) - Li Yan - Liu Ba - Liu Xun - Rebel Force Begin the battle by casting Ji Rou with the general that rides Chi Tu Ma. Have the other four generals all attack Liu Ba. On the next round, if Liu Ba is still alive, have all five generals attack him. When he is defeated you may go all-out. 2) In the westernmost tent a chest contains a Battleax, pick it up. 3) You find out that Liu Zheng has settled down at Cheng Du and it waiting to fight you. The people don't understand why Liu Zheng has turned on Liu Bei. 4) One of the woman's husbands has gone to Mt. Gang Tai to see Iron Ore, but has not returned. That was three years ago. 5) Another fellow is sad that he was unable to find any Iron Ore, and he feels that he cannot go home empty handed. 6) When you are prepared head north to Cheng Du to attack the gate. You should be strong enough, but if not return to save and rest. There is no sense in taking a risk here. Swordmaker's home (2nd visit) 1) Give the Ore that you found to the sword master. He will be happy to see it and will promise you some incredible weapons in exchange. Cheng Du Castle (Invite, Gullwing) Palace, Headquarters, Historian Inn (30 Gold Each), Provisions Blacksmith (Sword, Battleax, Chain M) Merchant (Gullwing, Elixir C, Resurrect, Smoke Pot) 1) Battle Lei Tong and Wu Lan at the gate. (Easy) - Lei Tong - Wu Lan - Rebel Force x3 Cast Ji Rou with the general that is using Chi Tu Ma and have all other generals attack Lei Tong. One the second round have all generals attack Lei Tong. If Lei Tong is still alive in the third round, repeat the process. If not, you may go all-out. 2) Return to rest and save after this battle unless you are healthy. 3) Battle Liu Zheng, Gao Pei, Wu Yi, and Wang Lei at Cheng Du castle. - Liu Zheng - Gao Pei - Wu Yi - Wang Lei - Rebel Force Cast Ji Rou with the general that is using Chi Tu Ma and have all other generals cast Bei Ji on themselves. On the next round have all generals make attacks against Wu Yi. If you like, use two Power Pills. If the general that uses Chi Tu Ma is a strategist, have them cast Yan Re and heal as needed. When Wu Yi is dispatched move on to Gao Pei. After you have defeated Gao Pei you may go all-out. 4) Rest at the inn and invite Liu Bei. 5) Search by tree one space east of palace entrance for a Scimitar. 6) If you are in need of them, restock on Smoke Pots, Gullwings, and Elixir Cs at the merchant's. 7) Try to get each of your generals equipped with a Battleax and a Chain M. If you are short on gold, go outside and fight some random battles. While you are out pick up Zhang Ren, Yan Yan, and any other good generals that you really like. Add any of them to your party if you feel they can help. 8) The residents tell you that Cheng Du is the capital of Shu and they are eager for Liu Bei to arrive. 9) One of the residents says that he still sees chaos threatening the present calm in the stars. He suggests being prepared. 10) An old man notices that Liu Bei (Shu) has become nearly as powerful as Cao Cao (Wei) and Sun Ce (Wu). He is happy to witness Liu Bei's rise in power. 11) Liu Bei thanks you for restoring honor to his family and liberating Shu. He says that an old man came by earlier saying something about some swords. Return to the swords master and find out what he wanted. Swordmaker's Home (3rd visit) 1) When you talk to him he apologizes and says he built the swords Bao Ye, Nu Long, Qing Long, Qing Guang, and Wan Sheng, but they were all stolen by the Yellow Scarves. He is sad because there was nothing he could do. ------------------------------------ - CHAPTER VII - WU, THE SOUTHLANDS - ------------------------------------ Cheng Du (2nd Visit) (Invite, Gullwing) Palace, Headquarters, Historian Inn (30 Gold Each), Provisions Blacksmith (Sword, Battleax, Chain M) Merchant (Gullwing, Elixir C, Resurrect, Smoke Pot) 1) When you return to Chang Du Liu Bei will celebrate and point out that with Cao Cao in Wei and Sun Ce in Wu peace will arrive at last. To maintain peace Liu Bei sends Guan Yu to Chang Sha and Zhang Fei to Gui Yang. Soon after they leave a messenger arrives to tell you that Cao Cao of Wei has taken ill and died and Sun Ce of Wu was assassinated. To make things worse Wu attacks and Guan Yu and Zhang Fei are both in danger. You are charged to defend them and fight off the attackers. 2) Use a Gullwing to travel to Chang Sha. Ling Ling (2nd Visit) 1) Enter the palace and speak with Guan Yu. Guan Yu explains that Zhang Fei has gathered information on Wu, and encourages you to travel south to Gui Yang to meet with him. 2) Standing next to Guan Yu is Guan Xing, his son. Speak with Guan Xing and he will offer to join you. Not only is Guan Xing quite strong, he is fairly smart as well, and like his father, he gains soldiers with level ups. He is one of the finest officers in the game, so don't miss this chance to add him to your party. Gui Yang (2nd Visit) 1) Enter the palace and speak with Zhang Fei. Zhang Fei informs you that Sun Quan now has the imperial seal, and has claimed the title of Emperor. Not only that, but Cao Pi has usurped the throne and claimed the title of Emperor himself. He also informs you that Liu Bei would like to speak with you. Before you return to Liu Bei, be sure to defeat the Wu attackers at Ling Ling and Wu Ling castles. 2) Standing next to Zhang Fei is his son, Zhang Bao. If you speak with him, he will offer to join your party. Zhang Bao, like his father, has a very high attack power, but it is a dozen or so points less. Unlike his father, his intelligence stands at a passable 150, and intelligence is going to become more and more critical as you progress into the game. It is worth noting that some people do not like to hire Zhang Bao, preferring instead to have both Jiang Wei and Zhuge Liang in their party at the end of the game (something you cannot do if you hire Zhang Bao into your party). If you are interested in this, you have two options. Hire him with a full party, and he will go to your reserve, or don't hire him at all. You can always return later in the game. Zhang Bao is a great officer, however, and unless you are very familiar with the game, you will find passing him up to be a mistake. Ling Ling (2nd Visit) Palace, Headquarters, Historian Inn (30 Gold Each), Provisions Merchant (Power Pill, Smoke Pot, Resurrect) 1) Battle Ling Tong and Wu Lan at the gate. (Moderate) - Ling Tong - Wu Fan - Rebel Force x2 Have your two best warriors attack Wu Fan with Power Pills while two other general cast Bei Ji on them. If you still have Ji Rou cast it with the general using Chi Tu Ma. Continue attacking Wu Fan with your stronger generals while using Power Pills if necessary. If you are using any strategists they should cast Da Re on Ling Tong. When either Ling Tong or Wu Fan fall you should go all-out. Wu Ling (2nd Visit) Inn (30 Gold Each), Provisions Merchant (Elixir B, Elixir C, Resurrect) 1) Battle Fan Zhang and Chen Wu at the gate. - Fan Zhang - Chen Wu - Rebel Force x3 Begin by casting Ji Rou, if you still have it, using whoever has Chi Tu Ma. All other generals should cast Bei Ji on them- selves. On the following round all generals should make physical attacks or cast Da Re on Fan Zhang. When Ling Tong i defeated go all-out. If you are not healthy you should continue with the previously mentioned procedure rather than going all-out. 2) After the battle Fan Zhang says Wei has an alliance with Wu. Cheng Du (3rd Visit) (Invite, Gullwing) Palace, Headquarters, Historian Inn (30 Gold Each), Provisions Blacksmith (Sword, Battleax, Chain M) Merchant (Gullwing, Elixir C, Resurrect, Smoke Pot) 1) Liu Bei already knows about the alliance between Wei and Wu, and that Wei expelled the emperor meaning the collapse of the Han Dynasty. Zhang Bao urges Liu Bei to take the throne, saying he has more right to it than anyone, but Liu Bei becomes angry and says he doesn't want to hear it. Zhang Bao continues with his case, pointing out Liu Bei is of the Han house, causing him to become even more angry. Zhang Bao, however, presses his case, pointing out that if he does nothing their cause will have been in vain. Liu Bei finally concedes to his advice, and declares himself Emperor, ordering you to begin a campaign against Wu and Wei at once. Jian An Castle Inn (30 Gold Each), Provisions Merchant (Gullwing, Elixir D, Resurrect, Smoke Pot) 1) Battle Gan Ning and Lu Su at Jian An castle. (Hard) - Gan Ning - Lu Su - Rebel Force x3 Gan Ning is capable of some serious damage but Lu Su can cause much more by casting Ji Mian. For this reason it is best to remove Lu Su first. Have the general that rides Chi Tu Ma cast Bei Ji on your strongest warrior while that warrior targets Lu Su with a Power Pill. You may want to have one or two of the other generals use a Power Pill if your average soldier level is below 3000. When Lu Su is defeated attack Gan Ning. Use Power Pills if you are weak. If Lu Su casts Ji Mian you should cast Ji Mian and use Da Re on Gan Ning while all other generals defend. If you have Ce Mian you should cast it at the beginning of the battle and maintain it while you defeat Gan Ning with physical attacks or Power Pills. 2) Rest at the inn. 3) Speak with the residents. 4) One of the residents tells you that in order to proceed you must go south, but he also tells you that Zhou Yu has blocked the canal. You also hear that Zhou Yu is the general guarding that pass. 5) The man in the northwestern home tells you that the tree in his backyard is 1000 6) An old man by the inn says that he can block the canal if you get him a 1000 year old branch and some sulfur. 6) In the cave to the north you will find some sulfur. Below the isolated tree in the northwestern area of the town you will find the Dead Wood from a 1000-year-old tree. Give them to the old man waiting by the inn and he will clog the canal for you. 7) Directly above that tree you will also find a Scimitar. Give this powerful weapon to your strongest warrior. 8) If you are using Smoke Pots, which may be a good idea, you should restock while you are here. You can use Gullwings to reach Jian Ye. For this reason you should buy enough Gullwings to transport yourself until you are strong enough to handle the very powerful generals in this area. If you use healing items buy the Elixir Ds. They are excellent healing items. 10) Before you move on to the next castle you should make sure that you are fully stocked on Power Pills. You will need them. If you come across Gan Ning in a battle that you can handle you should try to recruit him. He will be a great help until you reach a level high enough to cast Ce Mian. 11) Follow the road south until you reach Zhou Yu's fortress where you will battle the great strategist himself. You will also be introduced to one of the most dangerous tactics in the game, An Sha. Hui Ji fortress 1) Battle Zhou Yu, Gu Yong, and Kan Ze at the fortress. (Very Hard) - Zhou Yu - Gu Yong - Kan Ze - Rebel Force Zhou Yu is the greatest threat you have encountered at any location so far in the game. He has a new tactic called An Sha. This tactic will kill a general in one hit if it is successful. When cast by Zhou Yu this is often the case. If you have Ce Mian you should cast it at the beginning of the battle and maintain it until you emerge victorious. Use physical attacks or Power Pills to kill Zhou Yu, Kan Ze, then Gu Yong. If you do not, which is usually the cast, you should have the general riding Chi Tu Ma cast Bei Ji on the general that is using the Scimitar. Have your weakest remaining officer cast Bei Ji on the next strongest general on your side. The three generals that are left should use Power Pills on Zhou Yu. On the next round you should use Power Pills on Zhou Yu with everyone. After Zhou Yu falls move on to defeat Kan Ze while still using Power Pills. If you are healthy you can go all out with Gu Yong. Should Zhou Yu cast Ji Mian you will need to take additional steps to stay alive. Have your fastest officer cast Ji Mian, make sure all generals are under the effects of Bei Ji, and heal if needed. If a very skilled strategist is in combat you may want to consider using your best water tactic while conserving enough TP to heal if needed. If you loose the battle because Ji Mian would not wear off or because Zhou Yu cast it again too fast you may wish to try again. If you are seriously defeated, but not under these circumstances, it would probably be best to get some levelups before attempting the battle again. It is best to enter this battle if Zhuge Liang knows Jin Xian and is your acting strategist. 2) Retrieve the Scimitar in the southwestern tent. It is to the left of the rightmost pot. Wu Castle Historian Inn (35 Gold Each) Merchant (Gullwing, Elixir D, Resurrect, Power Pill) 1) Battle Zhu Ge Jin, Jang Qin, and Han Dang at the fortress. (Moderate) - Zhu Ge Jin - Jang Qin - Han Dang - Rebel Force x2 Have the general riding Chi Tu Ma cast Bei Ji on your smartest officer. Have that officer cast Hong Shui or, if you have it, Huo Shen on the enemy party. Have all other officers attack Zhu Ge Jin. If your party is weak you may want to use Power Pills to defeat Zhu Ge Jin quickly. You may also wish to have another officer cast Hong Shui or Huo Shen if you have enough TPs to throw around. When Zhu Ge Jin is defeated along with one of his officers you can go all out. Trivia: Zhuge Jin is Zhuge Liang's brother, who served Wu loyally. 2) Rest at the inn. 3) Speak with the people. 4) You hear that the next fortress is named Po Yang and you must pass under the mountains through a tunnel to get there. 5) A number of the villagers are scared or surprised by a glowing light that they have seen in the tunnel. One is concerned that it may be a demon. 6) Lu Meng, a resident that looks like an officer, takes a hostile attitude toward you and demands that you leave Wu. 7) If you search to the right of the well you will find a crossbow. Have your best officer equip this weapon and give the scimitar to the next best general. 8) Search the eastern end of the trail outside the inn to find a Splint M armor. Excellent protection for this point of the game. 9) Stop by the merchant's and restock on Power Pills and Gullwings. You have a long trip ahead of you so unless you are not concerned by the generals you have been facing it is probably best to buy some Smoke Pots or Elixir Ds as well. 10) Save your game and when you are prepared continue on to Po Yang. Mountain Tunnel 1) Follow the path from the entrance to the stairs leading down. 2) You will find yourself in another passage that winds around and again goes down. 3) The passage you are in should now have green walls and there should be paths to the west and the north. Go west and continue along this road. You will see a treasure by some hot rocks that you will get soon. After traveling this path for a while it will fork. You may either continue south or you may turn west. You should go west and follow that path to the treasure to noticed earlier. The hot rocks will do good damage to all generals that step on them each time you move a square, so if you are weak make sure you stay healed. In the chest you will find a Steel H, which you should give to the officer that is most vital to your strategy. Cross the hot rocks again, go back to the fork in the road, and go south to the next set of stairs which lead up. 4) You should now be in a part of the cave with yellow walls. Directly above you there should be a set of stairs leading up. If you are interested in retrieving an Elixir D follow the instructions in this step. If not, continue up those stairs. If you are going to proceed with this floor you should follow the passage along the bottom wall until it forks somewhere near the north part of the cave. The north passage is a dead end and the eastern passage continues to the Elixir D, which will be found back at the southern area of the cave. Return to the set of stairs and follow the stairs up to the floor above. 5) You will now find yourself in the area of the cave with orange walls. In this cave orange means you are on the ground level. Follow the path to the north and back around to the south again and a set of stairs that lead back down. 6) Now you will be back in the yellow area again. To the east there are some stairs leading back up and to the north there is a passage. The northern passage just loops back around to where it started so you should just go up the stairs to the east. 7) You are now once again on the orange floor. Follow the path to the north until it branches. You can continue north or you may follow another passage to the west. The northern passage is a dead end, so turn west and continue up along that path. Along the northern wall of the cave you will have the choice of going south or continuing east. The southern path is a dead end so continue east and around the bend on another screen. When traveling along the eastern wall of the cave you will see a passage on the east wall. This passage exits the cave. Unless you are wounded so badly that you cannot go any farther you should first continue south. In the southeastern corner of the cave you will see some stairs leading down. Follow them below. 8) You will now be back on the yellow floor with some stairs continuing down immediately above you. Continue even deeper into the cave. 9) You will now be in a large cavern with some hot rocks immediately to your west. Cross those rocks and open the chest on the other side. "Ahead something is glowing. There is a sudden chill as if from an evil presence. Upon examination, you find it to be a sword, glowing eerily like a forsaken spirit.
got a sword." This sword is Nu Long and it is one of the five swords the swords master in Shu made. It has an amazing attack power of 240 and should be given to your best general. If you have an officer with a high strength and over 10000 soldiers they should be the one to receive the blade. Now go back up the stairs to the floor above and up again so you are on the orange floor. Go north and follow the passage to the right and to some stairs that lead up and out of the cave. 10) If you are very wounded and you do not think you can handle a very hard fortress battle you should use a Gullwing to return and heal. If you are healthy, for example if you used Smoke Pots, continue on to the fortress. Po Yang fortress Inn (35 Gold Each) 1) Battle Ding Feng at the gate. (Moderate) - Ding Feng - Rebel Force x3 If you are short on TPs you may just want to cast Bei Ji on the generals using Nu Long and the Crossbow using the officer that rides Chi Tu Ma along with another weaker general. Attack Ding Feng until he himself is defeated then go all-out. Use a Gullwing, or if you do not have any, the spell Gui Huan to return home. It is best to use this spell when facing rebels to insure a high success rate. If you are doing well and have many TPs you should just follow the instructions above, but do not cast Bei Ji. When the battle is over fight some Rebels and use Jin Xian to heal your party. If you are not using Zhuge Liang as your strategist change this just to heal then reassign your old tactician. 2) Battle Chen Pu, Zhang Zhao and Bu Xi at the fortress. (Hard) - Chen Pu - Zhang Zhao - Bu Xi - Rebel Force x2 If you do not yet have Ce Mian you should probably avoid this battle until you do. If you do not and you wish to continue you should cast Bei Ji on your three best generals and have them attack Zhang Zhao, Cheng Pu, then Bu Xi with Power Pills. If you do have Ce Mian you should have the general riding Chi Tu Ma cast Ce Mian. Have your two strongest generals attack Zhang Zhao with Power Pills while the remaining two cast Bei Ji on your two attackers. Makes sure you keep Ce Mian in power until Zhang Zhao is defeated at the very least. On the second round have one of your powerful generals attack Zhang Zhao with a Power Pill while the others attack Chen Pu normally. After Chen Pu is defeated you may go all-out. If your strategist casts An Sha it is best to rethink your strategy for this battle. Chen Pu, Zhang Zhao, and Bu Xi are all very smart officers and you will probably only get one head at most. Have Zhuge Liang or Pang Tong serve as your strategist for this battle so you have access to Ce Mian. 3) Rest at the inn. 4) Speak with the people. 5) You are told that Sun Quan was here, but that he has left to Jian Ye castle with Lu Sun. 6) Someone tells you that Jin Du castle is to the southeast. 7) Again you meet Lu Meng. He is becoming angry and again he warns you to leave Wu. 8) If you are confident move on to attack Jin Du castle. If the previous battle gave you trouble, on the other hand, it may be best to return and save before proceeding. Jin Du Castle Inn (35 Gold Each) Blacksmith (Scimitar, Crossbow, Chain M, Broze H) Merchant (Elixir D, Resurrect) 1) Battle Huang Gai at the gate. (Easy) - Huang Gai - Rebel Force x2 Huang Gai is a good warrior but this battle is rather easy. Have all of your generals attack him until he is defeated then go all-out. If you are not very powerful you may want to have the general riding Chi Tu Ma cast Bei Ji on Nu Long's user, then attack him with everyone. If you are using a strategist with An Sha just take his head then go all-out. If you are wounded after the battle cast Jin Xian while fighting some rebels or return to the inn. 2) Battle Sun Yu, Zhang Hong, and Zhu Zhi at the castle. (Moderate) - Sun Yu - Zhang Hong - Zhu Zhi - Rebel Force For this battle it is best to use Zhuge Liang or Pang Tong as your strategist. Have your fastest general cast Ce Mian while two others cast Bei Ji on your two best attackers. Have your two attackers use Power Pills on Zhang Hong. Maintain Ce Mian until Zhang Hong is defeated. On the next round have one or two of your best officers use Power Pills on Zhang Hong again, have your weakest officer attack Zhu Zhi to drop him below 10000 soldiers, and have everyone else attack Sun Yu. You may want to use some Power Pills on Sun Yu if you are not very powerful. When you have defeated Sun Yu you can go all-out. If you are using one of the An Sha using strategists you should have the general that rides Chi Tu Ma cast and maintain Ji Mian. Zhuge Liang should cast An Sha on Zhu Zhi, then after him Sun Yu. If you have another skilled strategist in the battle you may want to have them casting An Sha as well, but if you do this have them target Zhu Zhi while Zhuge Liang focuses Sun Yu instead. Continue attacking Zhang Hong with Power Pills until he is defeated then move on to Sun Yu if he is still alive. When both Sun Yu and Zhang Hong are defeated go all-out. 3) Rest at the inn. 4) Speak with the people, but not Lu Meng. 5) You are told that Sun Quan's castle, Jian Ye, is to the northeast. 6) One of the residents speaks of the large burden placed upon the residents by some brigands that live to the south in an inn. He asks if you would be willing to help liberate them from the pain caused by these bandits by defeating them. In exchange for this they will give you the town treasure. 7) If you use Elixir Ds go to the merchant's place and restock. 8) Several nice items are available in the weapon shop. If you are powerful you should not concern yourself with the purchase of the Crossbow or Scimitar. You should buy Bronze Hs for all generals that are equipped with a lesser helmet. If you are very weak you should buy some Crossbows to replace your weaker items. 9) Lu Meng has also followed you to this city. If you speak with him he will point out that he has warned you enough and now he plans to remove you from Wu on his own accord. 10) Battle Lu Meng in the city. (Moderate) - Lu Meng - Rebel Force x3 You should have Ce Mian available for this battle in order for it to run smoothly. An Sha and Ji Mian will be of little use so it is best not to use those strategists. Begin by casting Ce Mian with the general that uses Chi Tu Ma and make sure to maintain it until Lu Meng is defeated. Have all the other generals cast Bei Ji on themselves. On the next round have everyone available attack Lu Meng and continue with this procedure until Lu Meng is defeated. When he falls go all-out then rest at the inn to recover your lost TPs. When you have defeated Lu Meng he will run off confident that Tai Si Ci [Taishi Ci] will succeed where you have failed. 11) When you are prepared go south to fight the bandits if you have decided to help the villagers, or east to Sun Quan's castle. Brigand's Inn 1) Battle five Pirates at the Brigand's Inn. (Moderate) - Pirate - Pirate - Pirate - Pirate - Pirate If your strategist knows Ce Mian you should begin the battle by having all generals cast Bei Ji on themselves. On the next round have all officers with over 100 intelligence cast Huo Shen while the others attack the first pirate. When three of them have fallen you should go all-out. If your strategist knows An Sha begin the battle by casting Ji Mian with the officer riding Chi Tu Ma. Maintain Ji Mian until the battle is completed. Have all other generals with intelligence over 100 cast An Sha on the opposing Pirates starting with the first. Have all remaining officers attack the last Pirate. When four of the Pirates have been defeated you should go all-out. 2) When you have defeated them they will beg forgiveness and promise to change their ways. 3) Return to Jin Du castle to rest at the inn and gather your reward. Jin Du Castle (2nd Visit) Inn (35 Gold Each) Blacksmith (Scimitar, Crossbow, Chain M, Broze H) Merchant (Elixir D, Resurrect) 1) Rest at the inn 2) Seek out the resident that promised you the town treasure in exchange for eradicating the brigands and speak with him. He will give you the sword Qing Long in exchange for the favor. This is the second of the swords that the swords master in Shu made and it is just as powerful as Nu Long. Give it to your next best warrior. 3) Return to Cheng Du to save your game if you are having trouble with the battles in the area. If you want some extra tactical strength for the upcoming battles you should cut your party to five members so Zhuge Liang can participate in battles. This assumes he is your active strategist. 4) Follow the path to the east and then the north when you are on the far side of the mountains to Jian Ye castle. Here you will battle Sun Quan and his men. Jian Ye Castle (Invite, Gullwing) Palace, Headquarters, Historian Inn (40 Gold Each), Provisions Blacksmith (Crossbow, Lance, Splint M, Iron H) Merchant (Resurrect, Elixir D, Gullwing, Smoke Pot) 1) Battle Sun Yi at the first gate. (Easy) - Sun Yi - Rebel Force x4 If your strategist casts Ce Mian begin the battle by casting Bei Ji on the two generals with 240 AP. Have the remaining general attack Sun Yi. On the following round have all generals attack Sun Yi and continue until he is defeated. When this happens go all-out. If your strategist knows An Sha have all generals attack Sun Yi while your smartest general uses An Sha. If it fails repeat in the next round then go all-out. 2) Battle Zhou Tai an Xue Zong at the second gate. (Moderate) - Zhou Tai - Xue Zong - Rebel Force x2 If you use one of the strategists with Ce Mian begin the battle by casting Bei Ji on the two generals using magical swords. Have all remaining generals attack Zhou Tai. On the next round have all generals attack Zhou Tai then go all-out. If you are wounded after the battle find a band of rebels and use Jin Xian to heal. If your strategist knows An Sha have all generals make normal attacks against Xue Zong while one or two of your smartest officers casts An Sha on Zhou Tai. Repeat if Zhou Tai does not die, then go all-out. 3) Battle Sun Huan, Xu Sheng, and Lu Ji at the third gate. (Moderate) - Sun Huan - Xu Sheng - Lu Ji - Rebel Force x2 If you are using a Ce Mian strategist begin the battle by casting Bei Ji on all officers. On the next round have your two strongest generals attack Xu Sheng and Lu Ji to drop them below 10,000 soldiers. Have one or two of your smartest officers cast Huo Shen. Have all remaining officers attack Sun Huan. On the next round all officers should attack Sun Huan but the officer or officers that you have casting Huo Shen. Continue with this pattern until two of your opponents are defeated then go all-out. Remember to keep enough TPs to heal. If your strategist uses An Sha begin the battle by having your two smartest officers cast An Sha on Sun Huan and Xu Sheng. Have the general riding Chi Tu Ma cast Ji Mian and maintain it until Sun Huan is defeated. Have all remaining officers attack Lu Ji. If Sun Huan or Xu Sheng live through the first round, have the general cast An Sha on them again. When two of your three opponents are defeated go all-out. Return to Jin Du to rest and if you are not confident return to Cheng Du to save. 4) At the castle you will meet Sun Quan who reveals his plans to conquer Shu and then betray and attack Wei. He tells you he is ready to die for his ambitions and orders his men to attack. 5) Battle Tai Si [Taishi] Ci and Lu Sun [Xun] at the castle. (Very Hard) - Tai Si Ci - Lu Sun - Rebel Force x3 If your strategist knows Ce Mian you should have the general that is riding Chi Tu Ma cast and maintain it until Lu Sun is defeated. Cast Bei Ji on your two fastest warriors and have them use Power Pills on Lu Sun. On the next round attack Lu Sun with enough generals using Power Pills to defeat him. If this takes another round then do so in the next. When Lu Sun is near defeat or is defeated have all available generals attack Tai Si Ci. When Tai Si Ci falls below 10,000 soldiers and Lu Sun is defeated you may go all-out.) If your strategist uses An Sha you should have all warriors attacking Lu Sun with Power Pills while one or two of your smartest warriors cast An Sha on Tai Si Ci. It will probably work on the first try and the second will probably be wasted on Lu Sun, but on a very rare occasion it will kill both of them. Use Power Pills with all available generals on Lu Sun until he is defeated. When both Lu Sun and Tai Si Ci are defeated you can go all-out. Lu Sun may cast Ji Mian. If he does you should cast Ji Mian as well assuming Tai Si Ci is alive. Attack Tai Si Ci with An Sha while Zhuge Liang uses An Sha on Lu Sun. When Ji Mian wears off go back to the strategy above. It is best to do this battle with a strategist that knows Ce Mian. 6) Battle Sun Quan at the castle. (Very Hard *) - Sun Quan - Rebel Force x4 If your strategist knows Ce Mian begin the battle by casting it and maintaining it as long as you have TPs to spare. Make sure you have enough TPs to heal if needed. Have your two strongest generals attack Sun Quan while the two remaining officers cast Bei Ji on them. In the following rounds have all available officers attack Sun Quan. If you run out of enough spare TPs to cast Ce Mian start using Power Pills to end the battle quickly. When Sun Quan is defeated go all out. If you are using a strategist that knows An Sha you should have the general that uses Chi Tu Ma cast Ji Mian and maintain it as long as Sun Quan is above 10000 soldiers. Have all other officers attack Sun Quan with Power Pills. Do not bother casting An Sha on Sun Quan, he is immune to its effects. In the following rounds continue using Power Pills on Sun Quan until he is defeated, then go all-out. * If you too wounded for this battle, but strong enough to survive a few rounds, there is a trick you can use to make this battle easier. If you can retreat from this battle or successfully cast Gui Huan, you can return and rest. If you do this and return you will also find that you no longer have to face Tai Si Ci and Lu Sun. You start the battle against Sun Quan. This also allows you to hire Tai Si Ci or Lu Sun before facing Sun Quan. 7) Rest at the inn. 8) Speak with the people. 9) A resident tells you that Cao Pi spreads his family between his castles allowing him to hear of all that happens. 10) They remind you that you are entering the land of Wei and they suggest that you watch your back. 11) The residents hope you defeat Cao Pi before it is too late. 12) Residents are thankful that Wu will finally see peace. 13) Go to the merchant's shop and restock on Gullwings along with Elixir Ds and Smoke Pots if you use them. Sell your old armor and helmets, but remember to hold on to your Steel H. Do this only if you will have around 310,000 money after selling these items. This will insure that you have enough to replace your sold equipment. If you do not have enough you may want to fight in Wu until you do. 14) Invite Liu Bei and save your game. 15) Liu Bei thanks you for all you have done and realizes that you are tired from so many battles, but he urges you to move on into Wei to finally unite China. -------------------------------------- - CHAPTER IX - WEI, THE GREAT PLAINS - -------------------------------------- Guang Ling Castle Inn (40 Gold Each) Blacksmith (Lance, Plate M) Merchant (Resurrect, Elixir D, Gullwing, Power Pill) 1) Battle Xia Hou Yuan at the gate. (Very Easy) - Xia Hou Yuan - Rebel Force x4 Xia Hou Yuan can be defeated with normal physical attacks. Once you drop him below 10,000 soldiers he is no longer a serious threat. If you are weak you may want to use a Power Pill or two to speed up this process. Continue attacking Xia Hou Yuan until he is defeated or go all-out if you don't mind losing a few more soldiers. 6260 Exp, 10690 Gold, 49500 Rations. 2) Battle Zhang Liao and Cao Zhen at the gate. (Hard) - Zhang Liao - Cao Zhen - Rebel Force x3 You should begin by defeating Zhang Liao as fast as possible. You should be using a Ce Mian type strategist for this battle. On the first round cast and maintain Ce Mian while you have two officers cast Bei Ji on your strongest warriors. Have those warriors use Power Pills on Zhang Liao. On the round after that, maintaining Ce Mian if Zhang Liao is still alive, you should have all available generals attack Zhang Liao again. When Zhang falls go all-out after healing if needed. If you do not have Ce Mian you should use Power Pills with all available generals to defeat Zhang Liao. 10180 Exp, 12530 Gold, 65500 Rations. 3) Rest at the inn. 4) Speak with the people. 5) There is a man named Jiang Wei and he asks if Zhuge Liang is present. If you say yes he will admit to you how much he admires the great strategist and asks if he may accompany you so that he might learn from him. If you accept, he will join you. 6) A lady complains that he has cut her foot on something under a tree. 7) One of the residents is upset because he has lost the sword that he stole from some bandits. 8) Search under the eastern tree in the middle area of the town to find the sword Bo Ye. You should give the blade to your third best warrior, but not to the general you use to cast tactics. 9) Restock on Power Pills, Elixir Ds, and Gullwings while you revive any generals that Zhang Liao may have defeated. 10) If you have the money you should sell all your outdated armor to the merchant in favor of the Plate Ms that are now available. You may want to get this armor before moving on in the game. 11) Return to Jian Ye if you wish to save or need to place Jiang Wei in your active party. He is a very good general and probably the best person to give Chi Tu Ma to. He is good at avoiding tactics and will rarely go second when he carries this item. Jiang Wei is also the best An Sha type strategist in the game. He Fei fortress 1) Battle Cao Zhi at the gate. (Moderate) - Cao Zhi - Rebel Force x4 You should treat Cao Zhi as Zhang Liao's equal when it comes to their ability to cause damage. Winning will not be difficult, so the objective becomes victory with no deaths. It is best to begin the battle using a strategist that knows Ce Mian. Cast Ce Mian when the battle begins and maintain it until Cao Zhi is defeated. This will also prevent him from healing. If you want to move on to the fortress immediately after the battle you may want to use some Power Pills to reduce the TP loss. When you have defeated Cao Zhi go all-out. If you are using one of the An Sha strategists you should simply use Power Pills with all available generals to defeat Cao Zhi. 7255 Exp, 11105 Gold, 47400 Rations. 2) Battle Cao Pi, Cao Ren, and Xia Hou Dun at the gate. (Hard) - Cao Pi - Cao Ren - Xia Hou Dun - Rebel Force x2 Cao Pi will catch you off guard every time you fight him, so all you can do is hope for the best. He uses Ji Mian or An Sha on the first round with surprising consistency, so you must plan around whatever may happen on the first round. If you are using a Ce Mian type strategist you should cast and maintain the tactic as long as Cao Pi and Xia Hou Dun remain in the battle. Have your other warriors cast Bei Ji on themselves. On the next round have all available officers use Power Pills on Cao Pi. When you defeat Cao Pi make normal attacks on Dun until he falls then go all-out. Make sure you save some TPs for healing any damage done to you and your allies. You should not use an An Sha type strategist for this battle, but if you do cast and maintain Ji Mian while you defeat Cao Pi with Power Pills. Use An Sha to defeat Cao Ren. 18125 Exp, 13150 Gold, 72700 Exp. 3) Cao Pi admits that he is impressed with your power, but he swears that he will be back with reinforcements. 4) Speak with the people. 5) If you are weak return to Jian Ye castle to rest and save your game. If strong, continue down the path to battle Cao Pi at Ru Nan castle. Ru Nan castle Palace, Headquarters, Historian Inn (30 Gold Each), Provisions Blacksmith (Lance, Plate M, Steel H) Merchant (Resurrect, Gullwing, Elixir D) 1) Battle Cao Xiu and Cao Chun at the first gate. (Very Easy) - Cao Xiu - Cao Chun - Rebel Force x3 This battle is nothing serious. If you are not very powerful you should focus attacks on Cao Chun until he is defeated an then go all-out. If your party is on a high level you should simply go all-out then use Jin Xian once in a random battle to heal your wounds. If An Sha is available you should take Cao Chun's head and then go all-out. 11770 Exp, 10865 Gold, 39600 Rations. 2) Battle Xia Hou Shang and Xia Hou De at the second gate. - Xia Hou Shang - Xia Hou De - Rebel Force x3 This battle is not much more difficult than the one you just faced at the first gate. If you are powerful simply go all-out and use Jin Xian to heal your wounds in a random battle. If you are weak concentrate your attacks on Xia Hou De until he falls then go all-out. If the strategist you have selected uses An Sha you should have your two smartest officers cast it on Xia Hou Shang, you may even defeat him. Go all-out after the first round. Use Ji Mian once before going all-out if you are weak so you can reduce the damage caused to your side. 13593 Exp, 10672 Gold, 51600 Rations. 3) Battle Cao Pi, Cao Zhang, Cao Ang and Xia Hou Mao at the gate. (Very Hard) - Cao Pi - Cao Zhang - Cao Ang - Xia Hou Mao - Rebel Force Cao Pi kept his promise and now you are faced with a real battle. As before he will catch you off guard so you may need to modify your usual strategies if one of your officers dies on the first round. Do no use an An Sha type strategist for this battle. Ce Mian should be cast and maintained until Cao Pi is defeated. On the first round have all available officers cast Bei Ji on themselves. On the following rounds use Power Pills to defeat Cao Pi then Cao Zhang. When Cao Ang and Xia Hou Mao are the only remaining officers go all-out. If you are weak you should remove Xia Hou Mao as well before taking any additional steps. If you have a skilled strategist available in battle you may want to cast Huo Shen for a good chance at hitting most opposing generals. Make sure you save enough TPs to heal in an emergency. If you did decide to use an An Sha user you should use Power Pills to defeat the opponents starting with Cao Pi and following up with Cao Zhang, Xia Hou Mao, and Cao Ang. You should target Cao Ang and Xia Hou Mao with An Sha and it is usually best to maintain Ji Mian as long as any opposing officers are alive. 4) After you defeat Cao Pi Si Ma Yi will arrive with his army and attack Cao Pi. Cao Pi, who was not expecting Si Ma Yi's betrayal, will try to flee but fail. Si Ma Yi will claim Wei for himself and give you Cao Pi's head to take back to Jian Ye. He casts a thunder spell that you cannot counter and next thing you know you are inside Jian Ye's inn. The inn owner will wake you and tell you that Liu Bei is searching for you. 5) Liu Bei explains that Guan Suo found you passed out in the field and returned you to the castle. He suggests that you go to Chang Sha castle to thank him. 6) At Chang Sha castle you will meet Guan Suo. He will tell you how to counter Si Ma Yi's magic. Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Up Down. Guan Suo: "Si Ma Yi's thunder tactic is one of the tactics in Sun Zi's book. I know the counter-spell. Up, up, down, down, left, right, up, down. Do this when he's calling the thunder and it will be negated." During the battle Si Ma Yi will tell you that you can't defend against his thunder, then when you confirm it will make the confirmation noise, but no text will appear. Hit the key sequence at this time and you will counter his spell. 7) Make Zhuge Liang your strategist and return to Ru Nan castle to battle Si Ma Yi. He will again cast his thunder, but there will be a pause after he does so. You must enter the counter spell in this time. If you succeed Si Ma Yi will realize that his spell has failed and he will attack you. If you fail you will once again be in Jian Ye's inn. 8) Battle Si Ma Yi, Xu Zhu and Dian Wei at the castle. (Very Hard) - Si Ma Yi - Xu Zhu - Dian Wei - Rebel Force x2 Si Ma Yi is twice as dangerous as any other officer in Wei. It is recommended that you use Zhuge Liang as your strategist whenever you face Si Ma Yi. You will be ambushed and as a result Si Ma Yi may cause serious damage with his first unrestricted attack. Cast Ce Mian at the beginning of the battle and maintain it until you defeat Si Ma Yi. Have all other generals use Bei Ji on them- selves. On the following rounds use Power Pills on Si Ma Yi until he is defeated. After he is defeated make normal attacks against Xu Zhu until he falls then go all-out with Dian Wei. If your strategist knows An Sha you should begin by casting Ji Mian. Maintain it as long as Xu Zhu and Dian Wei remain alive. Have your two smartest officers cast An Sha on Xu Zhu and Dian Wei. Repeat on the next round if they survive. Attack Si Ma Yi whenever you can spare an officer. You should conserve your Power Pills for when Si Ma Yi is nearly defeated. When his soldiers are somewhere between 7,000 and 10,000 you should attack him with everything you've got. Make sure you do not kill the Rebels. If he heals continue attacking him until you get your chance. When Si Ma Yi casts Wan Fu there is a chance he may target the rebels instead of himself. If you loose consider making Zhi Ge Liang your strategist. Note: Dian Wei, although scheduled to appear again in a later battle, can actually be recruited after your victory here. 29690 Exp, 14750 Gold, 41200 Rations. 9) Rest at the inn. 10) Speak with the people. 11) Everyone speaks of a place called Chin castle. There are rumors of two caves that lead under the mountain to this area. 12) Restock on Gullwings and Elixir Ds at the merchant's shop. 13) If your money total is above 110,000 you should go to the merchant's shop and sell all of your Iron Hs. Take the new funds to the equipment shop and buy everyone some Steel Hs to replace them. You now have all the best armor in the game. 14) Use a Gullwing to return to Jian Ye castle and save your game. If you have not purchased the best armor and helmets available you should do so at this point. Save up in Wei's fields until you have enough money if you are short. Smoke Pots may also be useful for the next area. 15) When you are prepared return to Ru Nan with a Gullwing and look for a passage into the mountain along the southwestern wall. Enter the passage. Secret Mountain Passage (First Cave) 1) Follow the path until you reach a fork in the road, and take the northern trail. Take the first southern path afterward down to a treasure chest which contains a Power Pill. 2) Return to the path you were on and continue around the west wall until it turns east, then follow the northern trail when it splits off in that direction. Search again to find a Bronze H, then return to the main path. Continue until you find stairs to Basement 1. 3) Follow the western path until it curls around to a chest containing a Smoke Pot, then down the path again and take the first available north path approaching the stairs (the one directly north and south of the stairs are both dead ends). 4) Follow it around the room find stairs leading down to Basement 2. From here, follow the path back up to Basement 1, then back down to Basement 2 and around until you reach a fork in the road, the eastern path being covered with lava. Cross this lava to find three chests containing, from bottom to top, Wan Sheng (one of the five swords, AP 190), Plate M, and Bronze H. Give Wan Sheng to Guan Xing (or another realistic fighter). Zhuge Liang's Jin Xian is good for healing lava damage. Return to the fork in the road, then continue north until you find a path leading to Basement 3. 5) Follow the path on Basement 3 until you reach some stairs in the middle of the room. Continue south beyond these stairs to find three southern paths. Take the west of the three trails to find stairs leading back to Basement 2 then continue through the next two sets of stairs to reach the main floor again. This long trail takes you out of the cave. 6) Continue west until you find the second cave. Secret Mountain Passage (Second Cave) 1) The first southern path is a dead end, continue west and follow the path around the room to Basement 1. In Basement one take the first north in a fork, then follow the stairs to Basement 2. Take the quick path there back up to Basement 1 and open this chest to obtain the Halberd (AP 250). The Halberd is the best weapon in the game, and even though it is only 10 AP higher than the AP 140 swords, it seems to do considerably more damage. I give this weapon to Zhao Yun, then forward his sword to Ma Chao. Ma Chao's goes to Jiang Wei. Return to the fork on Basement 1. 2) Continue west until you reach another split in the road, then turn south into a larger room. east of this room you will find six treasures chests which contain, listed from left to right, top to bottom: Plate M, Gullwing, Elixir D, Splint M, Iron H, Steel H. Return to the split in the road, then go west to the stairs leading to Basement 2. 3) Continue down the path until you reach an area with a northeast path above you, and an option to continue south. Take the north- east path above you directly to a chest containing Qing Guang (AP 240). Give Guan Xing's sword to a reserve or backup fighter, then let him take this stronger weapon. If you have gotten all items along the way, you should now be equipped with the best swords and armor available in the game. 4) Return to the place where the path splits, then go to the south- east area of the map where you pick up a Gullwing. Continue north until you find another chest below some stairs containing a Power Pill. Pass the stairs to pick up an Elixir D. Return to the stairs and ascend to Basement 1, follow to more stairs leading to the Main Floor, and then exit the cave. 5) Follow the bridge to the north, then turn west to Chen Liu Fortress. Chen Liu Fortress 1) Battle Niu Jin at the gate. (Very Easy) - Niu Jin - Rebel Force x3 Go all-out to kill him. If you are using An Sha you may want to conserve your TP and destroy him with normal attacks unless you don't mind using Zhuge Liang specifically to heal between battles. 2) Battle Si Ma Yi, Yang Xiu, and Jang Gan at the fortress. (Very Hard) - Si Ma Yi - Yang Xiu - Jiang Gan - Rebel Force x2 Both An Sha and Ji Mian are weak in this battle, so you will want to make your strategist Zhuge Liang or Pang Tong for Ce Mian. Your Chi Tu Ma rider should activate Ce Mian right away to keep Si Ma Yi from healing or using Ji Mian. Use Bei Ji on Zhang Bao, Zhao Yun, and if you like, Ma Chao using free officers who go faster. Use Power Pills with only the generals using Bei Ji - or with everyone if this battle will make you too weak to continue - and destroy Si Ma Yi before dropping maintenance of Ce Mian. Defeat Yang Xiu next followed by Jiang Gan. If you have a good amount of TP left you may want to preserve it to continue to the next castle, otherwise feel free to prevent Yang Xiu from healing as well and end the battle. Go all-out once Jiang Gan is the only remaining officer. ??? Exp, 14080 Gold, 60700 Rations. 3) Enter and speak with the people. 4) The next battle is not easy. If you are in poor shape, you will have to return and rest, then navigate through the caves again (you can use Smoke Pots to save time). If you feel up to the challenge though, continue to the next battle without saving or returning. 5) Continue north to Chin Castle. Chin castle Inn (20 Gold Each), Provisions Merchant (Resurrect, Elixir D, Gullwing, Smoke Pot) 1) Battle Xun Huo, Li Dian, and Wang Shuang at the castle. (Very Hard) - Xun Huo - Li Dian - Wang Suang - Rebel Force x2 If using Ce Mian, cast and maintain the tactic with your Chi Tu Ma rider starting at the beginning of the battle, Xun Huo knows An Sha. Cast Bei Ji on Zhang Bao and Zhao Yun, and have them both use Power Pills on Xun Huo. Following round, still maintaining Ce Mian, use Bei Ji on Guan Xing and Ma Chao, then continue to use Power Pills to destroy Xun Huo. Once he is dead either go all-out, or use tactics and attacks to destroy Wang Shuang then Li Dian. Though this battle is much easier with Ce Mian, it can be managed with An Sha. If following this tactic, don't bother with Ji Mian. Use your smartest officers to take Wang Shuang's head, casting Bei Ji on your two strongest attackers, and have them use power pills on Xun Huo. In the next round have your smartest officers target and kill Li Dian (delaying on Wang Shuang if necessary), have your two strongest attackers use Power Pills (if possible), and have the remaining two use Bei Ji on them- selves. Ideally at this point only Xun Huo and two Rebel Force remain. Continue to use Power Pills to destroy Xun Huo as quickly as possible, hoping for a little luck between his Ji Mians and Wan Fus, and you should be able to defeat him. Use Zhuge Liang if too difficult. 25626 Exp, 13152 Gold, 38800 Rations. 2) Enter and speak with the people. 3) When prepared at the Inn, move on north to Luo Yang. Luo Yang castle (Rebuilt) (Invite) Palace, Historian 1) Battle Dian Wei, Hou Cheng, and Liu Ye at the first gate. (Easy) - Dian Wei - Hou Cheng - Liu Ye - Rebel Force x2 Note: Dian Wei can be recruited before this battle! If you have already enlisted him, you only face Hou Cheng and Liu Ye. You can clear this battle easily by going all-out and with an inn a short distance to the south, there's not much reason to do anything else. If you have reason to be cautious, though, begin the battle by focusing your attacks on Dian Wei followed by Liu Ye. If you are using An Sha, have your smartest officers target Liu Ye while the less intelligent clear Dian Wei and Hou Cheng. 5418 Exp, 436 Gold, 1100 Rations. 2) Rest at Chin Castle if you like. 3) Battle Liu Dai, Chen Qun, and Lu Wen at the second gate. - Liu Dai - Chen Qun - Lu Wen - Rebel Force x2 Go all out, or if you have reason to preserve soldiers, using Ce Mian, keep it active with your Chi Tu Ma rider and use Bei Ji with all other officers. In following rounds, kill Chen Qun, then go all-out. If using An Sha, kill Liu Dai and Lu Wen with your smartest officers while preparing your strongest with Bei Ji. Once only Chen Qun remains and you have Bei Ji active, go all-out. 6861 Exp, 412 Gold, 1425 Rations. 4) Rest at Chin Castle if you like. 5) Battle Le Xin, Wang Can, and Mao Jie at the third gate. (Easy) - Le Xin - Wang Can - Mao Jie - Rebel Force x2 Go all out, or if you have reason to preserve soldiers, using Ce Mian, keep it active with your Chi Tu Ma rider and use Bei Ji with all other officers. In following rounds, kill Wang Can, then go all-out. If using An Sha, kill Le Xin and Mao Jie with your smartest officers while preparing your strongest with Bei Ji. Once only Wang Can remains and you have Bei Ji active, go all-out.) 6) Rest, save your game, and make sure all combat officers are well supplied with Power Pills. Make Zhuge Liang or Pang Tong your strategist, then continue to the final castle when you are prepared. If you are interested in a real challenge, and are familiar with using An Sha strategists, prepare your standard party under Jiang Wei, using Zhuge Liang and him both in your active lineup, then try to defeat the following battles in a row to complete the game. This is quite possible, but to leave you with one final challenge (even at level 51) I won't be providing a strategy for it. 7) Battle Si Ma Shi and Si Ma Zhao at the castle. (Very Hard) - Si Ma Shi - Si Ma Zhao - Rebel Force x3 During the fight the Si Ma brothers will taunt you. "If you serve us, we can pay you well." "If you stand by us, we will treat you very well." "You are strong. But you can't stand against my attack." "How much does Liu Bei pay you to throw your lives away?" Make Zhuge Liang your strategist for this battle, An Sha is not effective against the Si Ma brothers. Have your Chi Tu Ma rider cast and maintain Ce Mian from the first round (they both have An Sha, Ji Mian, and Wan Fu) and cast Bei Ji on one of your two best, and either of your third or fourth best (leaving two uncast). In the following rounds use Power Pills with the officers that have Bei Ji active, normal attacks with the other two, and defeat Si Ma Zhao. Once Si Ma Zhao is defeated, still maintaining Ce Mian, defeat Si Ma Shi. If you have a chance to preserve any TP do so, you will need them for the next battle. Don't go all-out against the Si Ma brothers. 8) Battle Si Ma Yi, Yu Jin, Wei Xu, Cheng Yu, and Xu Zhu at the castle immediately after the defeat of Si Ma Zhao and Si Ma Shi. (Very Hard) - Si Ma Yi - Yu Jin - Wei Xu - Cheng Yu - Xu Zhu If using a Ce Mian strategist, cast and maintain Ce Mian at the beginning of battle using the officer that rides Chi Tu Ma. Have the two officers with Power Pills remaining (if you followed the strategy listed for the two-part battle) use the Power Pills on Si Ma Yi after being boosted with Bei Ji by other officers. Have everyone else use normal attacks. Keep Ce Mian active while you kill Si Ma Yi using your remaining Power Pills, then continue on to Cheng Yu (making sure you don't let good attacks spill over on Yu Jin). Once Cheng Yu is defeated, you can go all out or kill them in this order: Xu Zhu, Yu Jin, Wei Xu. If you followed the strategy below, entering the battle with only Si Ma Yi to fight, act as listed above only instead have your four combatants cast Bei Ji on themselves, the Ce Mian user casting it on himself when he has a chance, using Power Pills to proceed normally from there. If you are entering the battle with an An Sha strategist use Zhuge Liang and Jiang Wei to take Cheng Yu's head if you can. Have other intelligent officers use An Sha on Xu Zhu, Yu Jin, and Wei Xu in that order. Officers who aren't intelligent enough to use An Sha can start casting Bei Ji on your best warriors with Power Pills. Don't bother with Ji Mian in this battle. Continue working to get Si Ma Yi alone, even if you run out of TPs, killing Cheng Yu with attacks if necessary, then start using normal attacks to drop Si Ma Yi. When he gets close to death, start using your Power Pills to kill him before he can use Wan Fu. It is possible to defeat Si Ma Zhao and Si Ma Shi followed by Si Ma Yi using an An Sha strategist, but takes a decent amount of skill and a little luck. I'll leave that strategy up to you. Gameplay Tip: You can retreat from the battle against Si Ma Yi after defeating Si Ma Zhao and Si Ma Shi. Though Si Ma Yi and his troops heal to full health if you do this, upon return you do not have to face Si Ma Zhao and Si Ma Shi again. This is an excellent way to make the ending easier if you are having trouble with the dual-battle. 9) Enter the rebuilt city of Luo Yang, take a look around, and talk to the people. 10) You can save your game, but if you do you will not be able to fight Si Ma Yi again. You can still explore China. The music you should now be hearing will also play everywhere else. 11) Invite Liu Bei. 12) Speak to him and view the ending. You can see the ending in screenshot form here: http://kongming.net/doae/ending/ Section V - STRATEGIST TACTICS and MTP ---------------------------------------- A listing of all the tactics in Destiny of an Emperor, the leven on which they are learned, their cost in TP, and finally, the intelligence a strategist must posess before learning it. (Incomplete) Tactic Name Lrnd Cost Replaces R. Int. ----------- ---- ----- -------- -------------- Lian Huo 2 2 TP ----- 60 Ye Huo 8 4 TP Lian Huo 90 Yan Re 14 6 TP Ye Huo 120 Da Re 22 8 TP Yan Re 180 Huo Shen 30 12 TP Da Re 220 Shui Tu 4 3 TP ----- 70 Shui Xing 10 6 TP Shui Tu 100 Shui Lei 15 8 TP Shui Xing 130 Hong Shui 21 12 TP Shui Lei 160 Shui Long 29 15 TP Shui Long 220 Chi Xin 5 3 TP ----- 70 Tong Xian 13 5 TP Chi Xin 160 Yin Xian 16 10 TP Tong Xian 200 Wan Fu 23 10 TP Yin Xian 220 Jin Xian 28 4 TP Jin Xian 252 (Zhuge Liang) Wuo Jian 3 4 TP ----- 80 Cheng Nei 6 5 TP ----- 120 Qi Shou 7 4 TP ----- 140 Shui Jian 9 3 TP Wuo Jian 110 Jie Ce 11 5 TP Cheng Nei 160 Fu Bing 12 6 TP Qi Shou 220 (Liu Bei) Ji Rou 17 5 TP Shui Jian 200 Bei Ji 18 10 TP An Sha 240 (Pang Tong) Yi Xin 19 5 TP Jie Ce 180 Li Jian 20 6 TP Fu Bing 140 Ji Mian 24 7 TP Ji Rou 200 Tui Lu 25 5 TP 140 Gui Huan 26 6 TP Yi Xin 150 An Sha 27 10 TP Li Jian 180 Ce Mian 31 17 TP Ji Mian 240 (Pang Tong) A table of tactics, in the order learned by level. Lv.Req. Tactic Name Lv.Req. Tactic Name ------------------- ------------------- 2 Lian Huo 17 Ji Rou 3 Wuo Jian 18 Bei Ji 4 Shui Tu 19 Yi Xin 5 Chi Xin 20 Li Jian 6 Cheng Nei 21 Hong Shui 7 Qi Shou 22 Da Re 8 Ye Huo 23 Wan Fu 9 Shui Jian 24 Ji Mian 10 Shui Xing 25 Tui Lu 11 Jie Ce 26 Gui Huan 12 Fu Bing 27 An Sha 13 Tong Xian 28 Jin Xian 14 Yan Re 29 Shui Long 15 Shui Lei 30 Huo Shen 16 Yin Xian 31 Ce Mian MTP (Maximum Tactic Points): How It Works Your MTP is a gauge of your potential maximum tactic points. The higher your MTP, the more tactics you will be able to use in battle before losing or having to return to an inn. Each time you gain a level AND learn a tactic at the same time, your MTP value will increase from 3-5 randomly (yes, restarting works). Make sure you have a tactician in your party that meets the minimum intelligence requirements for a level-up tactic to receive its MTP bonus (see the first table of this section). Fu Bing cannot provide an MTP bonus unless you still have Liu Bei. For a detailed analysis: http://kongming.net/doae/secrets/mtp/ Section VI - CONSUMABLE ITEMS ---------------------------------------- Consumable items play a key role in Destiny of an Emperor. Some are more useful than others. You can easily complete the game, for example, without using a single healing item. Power Pills, on the other hand, are so helpful and powerful that you would be foolish not to stock a full inventory for your warriors. Gullwings are vital for transporting around China. Smoke Pots and Steeds are also bound to aid you greatly. Elixir A 20 Heal 100 Soldiers Xu Zhou, Qing Zhou, Yang Zhou, Chang An, Elixir B 50 Heal 500 Soldiers Yuan, Nan Yang, Ji Zhou, Wu Ling Elixir C 200 Heal 1000 Soldiers Wu Ling, Chang Sha, Gui Yang, Fu Shui, Luo, Cheng Du Elixir D 500 Heal 4500 Soldiers Jian An, Wu, Jin Du, Jian Ye, Guang Ling, Ru Nan, Chin Gullwing 100 Teleport between key locations. Found through game. First in Xu Zhou. Excludes Chang An! Power Pill 50 Double-strength attack. Stacks with Bei Ji! Found through game. First in Chang An. Resurrect 100 Revive fallen ally with 400 soldiers. Found through game. First in Xu Zhou. Smoke Pot 200 No encounters for a short distance. Found through game. First in Chang An. Steed 200 Helps in recruiting some officers. Found through game. First in Xu Zhou. Section VII - KEY ITEMS ---------------------------------------- Key items cannot be used except for storyline purposes, but you will generally need (or want) to get them before moving on. Gold Key Opens a floor-panel in Wang Yun's home. With the Gold Key, return to Wang Yun's home in the northeastern region of burnt-out Luo Yang. Use it on the bronze-colored floor tile to obtain the Gemsword. Gemsword An ornate sword, good for bribery. Give to Lu Bu in battle at Yang Zhou castle. After a few possible attempts he will betray Dong Zhuo and join you. Intro Letter Penned by Xu Yuan Zhi for Shui Jing Grants you permission to meet with Shui Jing, who resides in Yuan Shu's territory. Dead Wood Needed to access Hui Ji Fortress. Found under tree behind northwest building inside Jian An. Give to old man in Jian An city with Saltpeter. Saltpeter Needed to access Hui Ji Fortress. Found inside Saltpeter cave, northwest from Jian An. Give to old man in Jian An city with Dead Wood. Iron Ore Needed to craft the finest of swords. Found inside Mt. Gang Tai. Required by the Swordmaker in Liu Zheng's territory to craft five magical swords. Silver Key Unlocks a Yuan Shao prison. Purchased from a merchant in northeastern Nan Yang for 4000 gold. Use to free Zhao Yun's family from prison. Zhou Letter A letter to Zhao Yun from his sister. After you free Zhao Yun's sister with the Silver Key, she gives this to you. Zhao Yun joins after reading it. Section VIII - WEAPONS, ARMOR, HELMETS ---------------------------------------- Complete details and analysis of all game weapons, armor, and helmets. Name Att. Cost First Found Note Dagger 10 50 Xu Zhou Flail 15 100 Xu Zhou Ax 20 200 Chang An Club 30 500 Chang An Spear 50 1000 Bo Hai Sabre 70 2000 Ji Zhou Bow 80*2 4000 Chang Sha *2 Trident 100 N/A Nan Yang *1 Sword 120 6000 Fu Shui Battleax 140 10000 Cheng Du Scimitar 150 20000 Jin Du Crossbow 130*2 45000 Jin Du *2 Lance 170 65000 Jian Ye Bo Ye 190 N/A Guang Ling *1 Wan Sheng 190 N/A 1st Wei Cave *1 Nu Long 240 N/A Wu Cave *1 Qing Guang 240 N/A 2nd Wei Cave *1 Qing Long 240 N/A Jin Du *1 Halberd 250 N/A 2nd Wei Cave *1 *1 Designates unique item. Check location in guide for more information on out to obtain this weapon. *2 Designates bow-type weapon. These weapons fire two shots, but only the first attack will be affected by attack-incresing tactics of the Power Pill. Furthermore, Fu Bing will only grant one additional attack. Name Def. Cost First Found Note Robe 20 100 Xu Zhou Helpful if new to game. Leather 35 300 Xu Zhou Save your money. Padded 45 800 Yuan Upgrade armor here. Ring M 50 2000 Chang Sha Questionable upgrade. Chain M 70 4000 Cheng Du Upgrade armor here. Splint M 85 10000 Jian Ye Buy Plate M in Guang Ling. Plate M 100 30000 Guang Ling 1 in Wu Cave, 2 in Wei Caves * Plate M is the best armor in the game. Buy at least two in Guang Ling. Bandana 10 50 Xu Zhou A great value for the price! Cap 20 150 Chang An Helpful if new to game. Hood 40 500 Nan Yang Great, but wait for Wood H. Wood H 60 1000 Bo Hai Excellent value for price! Copper H 70 2000 Fu Shui Upgrade when convenient. Bronze H 80 4000 Jin Du Hold out for Iron H. Iron H 90 15000 Jian Ye Upgrade if older than Bronze. Steel H 100 40000 Ru Nan 1 in Wu Cave, 1 in Wei Caves * Steel H is the best helmet in the game. Buy at least three in Ru Nan. Section IX - UNDERSTANDING DAMAGE ---------------------------------------- A basic understanding of damage mechanics in this game serves you well. You will probably notice quite early on that your damage can vary wildly, and that after suffering a few blows, your officers become significantly weaker. You may also notice that some enemy officers are MUCH more powerful than their stats might lead you to believe when they have a larger compliment of troops. This occurs because there are what we will call 'damage checkpoints' in Destiny of an Emperor. 1) 100 2) 1000 3) 10000 Easy enough to remember. At 100 soldiers, an officer is likely to do twice the damage he could manage at 99. Same case for 1000 and 10000. This is easy to see in action at the beginning of the game. In battle, pick out a Rebel Force. He is probably hitting you for 5-6 damage. Smack him once to knock him down below 100 soldiers. His damage will fall to the 2-3 range. Early on, this is an excellent use for light hitters such as Chen Deng and Han Zhong. In later battles (e.g. Lu Guang or Wen Hun and Yan Liang) beginning battle by bringing all enemies below 1000 soldiers will make combat easier for you. Section X - SEARCHABLE TREASURES ---------------------------------------- Throughout the game there are some cleverly hidden items. You quickly learn to search under wells, but you might not guess to search east of them. And who would guess that some great items might be found at the end of paths in town? All known town treasures are listed below. Mt. Da Xing Ax Center tent, northeast pot. Tie Man Xia Ax Western tent, inside chest. D.Zhuo Area Chi Tu Ma From Fan Shui Guan, 1 space south, 8 west.* Hu Lao Guan Ax Eastern tent, leftmost pot in northeast corner. Yang Zhou Club Southern central home, above pot. Chen Cang Spear Northeast building, inside a chest. Nan Yang Trident Northeast of palace at the path's end. Guang Zong Sabre Below well in middle of town. Ji Zhou Bow Outside entrance to small southeastern building. Wu Ling Bow Below well in upper area of town. Chang Sha Sword Below well near the town's entrance. Gui Yang Sword Below well in eastern area of town. Ling Ling Sword In house outside town under occupant's feet. Luo Battleax Below well in northernmost area of town. Cheng Du Scimitar One step east of palace entrance, by tree. Jian An Dead Wood Behind northwestern house, below the lone tree. Jian An Scimitar Behind northwestern house, above the lone tree. Hui Ji Scimitar Southwestern tent, one pot left of rightmost pot. Wu Crossbow Right-hand side of town well. Wu Splint M Eastern end of road outside the inn. Guang Ling Bo Ye Under the outcropped eastern tree of town. * Chi Tu Ma's location: http://kongming.net/doae/i/ss/chituma.html You can obtain Chi Tu Ma before Lu Bu mentions it. Section XI - OFFICER LISTING ---------------------------------------- A listing of all officers that appear in Destiny of an Emperor. We have also included translation error notes for historic reference. For more detailed information on officers, value to party analysis, and tactics, see our officers guide: http://kongming.net/doae/officer/ Destiny of an Emperor Officers (Chapter Listing) Name Str. Int. Agi. Sld. Join? Notes ----------- ---- ---- ---- ------ ----- ------- Chen Deng 94 157 54 153 C Cheng Yuan Zhi 85 68 50 195 Y *Cheng Yuanzhi Guan Yu 245 180 58 *LV S Han Zhong 80 30 40 204 Y Liu Bei 180 225 49 314 S Ma Yuan Yi 76 34 90 177 N *Ma Yuanyi Mi Zhe 73 157 70 161 C *Mi Zhu Song Ren 80 100 44 110 C *Fictional Song Yong 60 40 30 104 C *Fictional Zhang Bao 68 144 40 299 - *Yellow Turban Zhang Fei 250 75 60 *LV S Zhang Jao 93 136 66 346 - *Zhang Jue Zhang Liang 102 34 78 259 - Zheng Mao 93 34 55 153 Y *Deng Mao Chapter 2 ------------------- Cai Yong 117 180 100 380 Y Dong Min 72 36 60 380 N*1 Dong Zhou 162 72 135 439 - Fen Chou 153 36 110 399 Y *Fan Chou Guan Ping 200 137 140 418 S*3 Guo Ji 128 72 90 418 Y *Guo Si Hu Zhen 90 45 60 299 Y Hua Xiong 162 36 126 439 Y Huo Hu 80 175 40 236 C *Fictional; Likes Powder! Jia Xu 18 220 180 418 N Li Jue 120 72 67 399 Y Li Ru 18 200 100 362 Y Li Su 99 45 66 299 Y Liu Feng 187 162 128 399 S Lu Bu 255 72 180 439 S Wang Gui 110 40 55 346 C *Fictional? Son of Wang Yun? Xu Rong 90 117 60 314 Y Yang Jin 125 40 48 247 C *Gan Jin Zhang Ji 147 36 97 362 Y Zhou Chao 140 20 91 346 C Chapter 3 ------------------- Chen Ji 85 47 63 531 Y Chen Lan 76 57 56 460 Y Han Xian 114 38 96 585 Y Ji Ling 192 47 120 613 Y Lei Bo 142 76 120 643 Y Li Feng 76 57 56 557 Y Liang Gang 85 28 63 506 Y Liang Ji 85 76 67 643 Y Lu Bu (2) 255 36 170 613 N Lu Fan 76 161 60 817 Y Yuan Shu 142 152 127 899 - Yuan Yin 133 142 119 643 N Zhang Xun 183 28 91 675 Y Chapter 4 ------------------- Gao Lan 100 60 85 942 Y Guo Tu 180 90 144 1317 Y Ju Shou 40 180 100 1449 Y Lu Bu (3) 255 40 200 1449 N Lu Guang 160 50 136 1037 Y *Lu Kuang Lu Xiang 150 50 120 942 Y Ma Yan 90 80 64 942 Y Shen Pei 60 130 48 1255 Y Tian Feng 120 160 108 1141 Y Wen Hun 190 40 152 1449 Y *Wen Chou Xu Shou 40 170 100 1255 Y *Xu You Xu Zhe 73 220 171 643 S *Xu Shu Yan Liang 180 40 144 1381 Y Yuan Shang 170 140 153 1672 N*1 Yuan Shao 170 140 161 1754 - Yuan Shu 142 152 127 899 - Yuan Tan 160 130 136 1594 N Yuan Xi 140 120 112 1519 N Zhang He 210 150 204 1317 N Zhang Yi 100 90 80 989 Y Zhao Yun 245 216 67 *LV S Zhou Cang 215 85 128 506 C Chapter 5 ------------------- Bao Long 126 63 120 1255 Y Chen Ying 136 42 123 1197 Y Gong Zhi 94 157 85 1197 Y Han Xuan 136 126 136 1519 N Huang Zhong 235 147 76 *LV S Jin Xuan 147 42 147 1317 N Liu Du 126 157 160 1672 N Liu Yang 126 126 140 1381 N *Liu Xian Ma Liang 59 211 180 1449 C Ma Su 138 195 170 1754 C Pang Tong 99 240 72 3765 S Wei Yan 228 136 228 1317 S Xing Dao Rong 168 31 150 1519 N *Xing Daorong Yang Ling 168 42 160 1197 Y Zhao Fan 136 105 136 1594 N*1 Zhu Ge Liang 122 255 56 *LV S *Zhuge Liang Chapter 6 ------------------- Fa Zheng 66 198 180 2965 Y Gao Pei 172 88 126 2827 Y Huang Quan 66 165 75 2695 Y Lei Tong 184 88 207 3110 Y Leng Bao 180 99 120 2024 Y Li Yan 90 160 130 2827 Y Liu Ba 99 176 99 2569 Y Liu Kui 110 110 115 3262 Y *Liu Gui Liu Xun 132 99 120 3110 Y Liu Zheng 110 110 115 4142 N *Liu Zhang Lu Bu (4) 255 40 200 7003 - Ma Chao 245 162 88 *LV S Ma Dai 225 175 180 3110 S Meng Da 154 132 154 3589 Y Pang De 212 200 190 2965 N*2 Tao Qian 90 160 80 2226 Y *Whah? Still Alive? Wang Lei 135 132 62 2827 Y Wu Lan 180 99 195 2965 Y Wu Yi 176 143 176 3589 Y Yan Yan 207 154 207 3262 Y Yang Huai 165 99 157 2965 Y Zhang Ren 207 165 207 3262 Y Chapter 7 ------------------- Bu Xi 124 192 88 7003 Y *Bu Zhi Chen Pu 120 210 168 9326 Y *Cheng Pu Chen Wu 161 115 154 5014 Y Ding Feng 120 184 48 15769 Y Fan Zhang 185 90 161 4780 Y *Pan Zhang Gan Ning 223 140 218 6069 Y Gu Yong 127 184 110 5014 Y Guan Xing 237 175 98 *LV S Han Dang 180 115 126 5516 Y Huang Gai 217 103 207 9326 Y Jang Qin 182 115 172 5259 Y *Jiang Qin Kan Ze 160 199 143 5259 Y Ling Tong 161 103 161 5516 Y Lu Ji 57 161 62 11289 Y Lu Meng 130 225 207 14333 N*5 Lu Su 120 218 199 6365 Y Lu Sun 215 240 180 11841 Y *Lu Xun Pirate 140 60 120 10261 N Sun Huan 215 115 195 16540 N Sun Quan 228 207 228 19087 - Sun Yi 172 46 165 15769 N Sun Yu 210 180 168 13027 N Tai Si Ci 230 123 209 15769 Y *Taishi Ci Wu Fan 69 184 176 5014 Y Xu Sheng 195 103 204 11289 Y Xue Zong 69 115 110 9326 Y Yan Xun 69 138 66 10261 N *Yan Jun Zhang Bao 240 150 100 *LV S *Zhang Fei's Son Zhang Hong 113 211 187 10763 Y Zhang Zhao 140 240 178 8082 Y Zhou Tai 180 45 195 10763 Y Zhou Yu 195 230 209 6365 Y Zhu Ge Jin 125 215 198 6365 Y *Zhuge Jin Zhu Zhi 210 95 143 10261 Y Chapter 8/9 ------------------- Cao Ang 180 84 180 18197 Y*4 Cao Chun 168 48 168 13665 Y*4 Cao Hong 156 60 156 11841 Y Cao Pi 216 204 250 20020 - Cao Ren 180 156 180 14333 Y*4 Cao Xiu 168 108 175 15034 Y*4 Cao Zhang 242 168 237 19087 Y*4 Cao Zhen 192 192 200 10763 Y*4 Cao Zhi 132 220 225 13665 Y*4 Chen Jiao 48 192 160 11841 N Chen Qun 72 228 190 24233 Y Cheng Yu 148 216 148 24233 N Dian Wei 222 48 225 20020 Y*6 Guo Jia 24 228 180 14333 N Hou Cheng 192 108 192 18197 Y Jiang Gan 136 180 150 19087 Y Jiang Wei 204 225 250 *LV C Le Xin 168 72 168 29332 Y *Yue Jin? Li Dian 156 108 156 23103 Y Liu Dai 168 84 168 26661 Y Liu Ye 60 180 180 16540 Y Lu Wen 168 132 168 22026 Y *Who? Mao Jie 132 72 132 24233 Y Niu Jin 204 36 212 20020 Y Pang De 212 200 190 2965 N*2 Si Ma Shi 192 220 230 27965 - *Sima Shi Si Ma Yi 180 250 250 40972 - *Sima Yi Si Ma Zhao 180 232 237 30767 - *Sima Zhao Song Xian 168 60 168 13665 Y Wang Can 36 204 156 26661 Y Wang Lang 148 168 140 13027 N Wang Shuang 216 48 225 20999 Y Wei Xu 180 84 180 27965 N Xia Hou De 168 132 168 16540 Y*4 *Xiahou De Xia Hou Dun 204 192 212 13665 Y*4 *Xiahou Dun Xia Hou Mao 180 84 180 16540 Y*4 *Xiahou Mao Xia Hou Shang 156 144 158 17349 Y*4 *Xiahou Shang Xia Hou Yuan 204 168 212 11289 Y*4 *Xiahou Yuan Xu Huang 216 108 225 18197 N Xu Zhu 228 24 237 20020 N *Xu Chu Xun Huo 72 228 164 25418 Y *Xun Yu Yang Xiu 124 228 190 20999 Y Yu Jin 200 48 180 30767 Y Zhang Liao 232 216 237 13027 Y Destiny of an Emperor Officers (Alphabetical Listing) Name Str. Int. Agi. Sld. Join? Notes ----------- ---- ---- ---- ------ ----- ------- Bao Long 126 63 120 1255 Y Bu Xi 124 192 88 7003 Y *Bu Zhi Cai Yong 117 180 100 380 Y Cao Ang 180 84 180 18197 Y*4 Cao Chun 168 48 168 13665 Y*4 Cao Hong 156 60 156 11841 Y Cao Pi 216 204 250 20020 - Cao Ren 180 156 180 14333 Y*4 Cao Xiu 168 108 175 15034 Y*4 Cao Zhang 242 168 237 19087 Y*4 Cao Zhen 192 192 200 10763 Y*4 Cao Zhi 132 220 225 13665 Y*4 Chen Deng 94 157 54 153 C Chen Ji 85 47 63 531 Y Chen Jiao 48 192 160 11841 N Chen Lan 76 57 56 460 Y Chen Pu 120 210 168 9326 Y *Cheng Pu Chen Qun 72 228 190 24233 Y Chen Wu 161 115 154 5014 Y Chen Ying 136 42 123 1197 Y Cheng Yu 148 216 148 24233 N Cheng Yuan Zhi 85 68 50 195 Y *Cheng Yuanzhi Dian Wei 222 48 225 20020 Y*6 Ding Feng 120 184 48 15769 Y Dong Min 72 36 60 380 N*1 Dong Zhou 162 72 135 439 - Fa Zheng 66 198 180 2965 Y Fan Zhang 185 90 161 4780 Y *Pan Zhang Fen Chou 153 36 110 399 Y *Fan Chou Gan Ning 223 140 218 6069 Y Gao Lan 100 60 85 942 Y Gao Pei 172 88 126 2827 Y Gong Zhi 94 157 85 1197 Y Gu Yong 127 184 110 5014 Y Guan Ping 200 137 140 418 S*3 Guan Xing 237 175 98 *LV S Guan Yu 245 180 58 *LV S Guo Ji 128 72 90 418 Y *Guo Si Guo Jia 24 228 180 14333 N Guo Tu 180 90 144 1317 Y Han Dang 180 115 126 5516 Y Han Xian 114 38 96 585 Y Han Xuan 136 126 136 1519 N Han Zhong 80 30 40 204 Y Hou Cheng 192 108 192 18197 Y Hu Zhen 90 45 60 299 Y Hua Xiong 162 36 126 439 Y Huang Gai 217 103 207 9326 Y Huang Quan 66 165 75 2695 Y Huang Zhong 235 147 76 *LV S Huo Hu 80 175 40 236 C *Fictional; Likes Powder! Jang Qin 182 115 172 5259 Y *Jiang Qin Ji Ling 192 47 120 613 Y Jia Xu 18 220 180 418 N Jiang Gan 136 180 150 19087 Y Jiang Wei 204 225 250 *LV C Jin Xuan 147 42 147 1317 N Ju Shou 40 180 100 1449 Y Kan Ze 160 199 143 5259 Y Le Xin 168 72 168 29332 Y *Yue Jin? Lei Bo 142 76 120 643 Y Lei Tong 184 88 207 3110 Y Leng Bao 180 99 120 2024 Y Li Dian 156 108 156 23103 Y Li Feng 76 57 56 557 Y Li Jue 120 72 67 399 Y Li Ru 18 200 100 362 Y Li Su 99 45 66 299 Y Li Yan 90 160 130 2827 Y Liang Gang 85 28 63 506 Y Liang Ji 85 76 67 643 Y Ling Tong 161 103 161 5516 Y Liu Ba 99 176 99 2569 Y Liu Bei 180 225 49 314 S Liu Dai 168 84 168 26661 Y Liu Du 126 157 160 1672 N Liu Feng 187 162 128 399 S Liu Kui 110 110 115 3262 Y *Liu Gui Liu Xun 132 99 120 3110 Y Liu Yang 126 126 140 1381 N *Liu Xian Liu Ye 60 180 180 16540 Y Liu Zheng 110 110 115 4142 N *Liu Zhang Lu Bu 255 72 180 439 S Lu Bu (2) 255 36 170 613 N Lu Bu (3) 255 40 200 1449 N Lu Bu (4) 255 40 200 7003 - Lu Fan 76 161 60 817 Y Lu Guang 160 50 136 1037 Y *Lu Kuang Lu Ji 57 161 62 11289 Y Lu Meng 130 225 207 14333 N*5 Lu Su 120 218 199 6365 Y Lu Sun 215 240 180 11841 Y *Lu Xun Lu Wen 168 132 168 22026 Y *Who? Lu Xiang 150 50 120 942 Y Ma Chao 245 162 88 *LV S Ma Dai 225 175 180 3110 S Ma Liang 59 211 180 1449 C Ma Su 138 195 170 1754 C Ma Yan 90 80 64 942 Y Ma Yuan Yi 76 34 90 177 N *Ma Yuanyi Mao Jie 132 72 132 24233 Y Meng Da 154 132 154 3589 Y Mi Zhe 73 157 70 161 C *Mi Zhu Niu Jin 204 36 212 20020 Y Pang De 212 200 190 2965 N*2 Pang Tong 99 240 72 3765 S Pirate 140 60 120 10261 N Shen Pei 60 130 48 1255 Y Si Ma Shi 192 220 230 27965 - *Sima Shi Si Ma Yi 180 250 250 40972 - *Sima Yi Si Ma Zhao 180 232 237 30767 - *Sima Zhao Song Ren 80 100 44 110 C *Fictional Song Xian 168 60 168 13665 Y Song Yong 60 40 30 104 C *Fictional Sun Huan 215 115 195 16540 N Sun Quan 228 207 228 19087 - Sun Yi 172 46 165 15769 N Sun Yu 210 180 168 13027 N Tai Si Ci 230 123 209 15769 Y *Taishi Ci Tao Qian 90 160 80 2226 Y *Whah? Still Alive? Tian Feng 120 160 108 1141 Y Wang Can 36 204 156 26661 Y Wang Gui 110 40 55 346 C *Fictional? Son of Wang Yun? Wang Lang 148 168 140 13027 N Wang Lei 135 132 62 2827 Y Wang Shuang 216 48 225 20999 Y Wei Xu 180 84 180 27965 N Wei Yan 228 136 228 1317 S Wen Hun 190 40 152 1449 Y *Wen Chou Wu Fan 69 184 176 5014 Y Wu Lan 180 99 195 2965 Y Wu Yi 176 143 176 3589 Y Xia Hou De 168 132 168 16540 Y*4 *Xiahou De Xia Hou Dun 204 192 212 13665 Y*4 *Xiahou Dun Xia Hou Mao 180 84 180 16540 Y*4 *Xiahou Mao Xia Hou Shang 156 144 158 17349 Y*4 *Xiahou Shang Xia Hou Yuan 204 168 212 11289 Y*4 *Xiahou Yuan Xing Dao Rong 168 31 150 1519 N *Xing Daorong Xu Huang 216 108 225 18197 N Xu Rong 90 117 60 314 Y Xu Sheng 195 103 204 11289 Y Xu Shou 40 170 100 1255 Y *Xu You Xu Zhe 73 220 171 643 S *Xu Shu Xu Zhu 228 24 237 20020 N *Xu Chu Xue Zong 69 115 110 9326 Y Xun Huo 72 228 164 25418 Y *Xun Yu Yan Liang 180 40 144 1381 Y Yan Xun 69 138 66 10261 N *Yan Jun Yan Yan 207 154 207 3262 Y Yang Huai 165 99 157 2965 Y Yang Jin 125 40 48 247 C *Gan Jin Yang Ling 168 42 160 1197 Y Yang Xiu 124 228 190 20999 Y Yu Jin 200 48 180 30767 Y Yuan Shang 170 140 153 1672 N*1 Yuan Shao 170 140 161 1754 - Yuan Shu 142 152 127 899 - Yuan Tan 160 130 136 1594 N Yuan Xi 140 120 112 1519 N Yuan Yin 133 142 119 643 N Zhang Bao 68 144 40 299 - *Yellow Turban Zhang Bao 240 150 100 *LV S *Zhang Fei's Son Zhang Fei 250 75 60 *LV S Zhang He 210 150 204 1317 N Zhang Hong 113 211 187 10763 Y Zhang Jao 93 136 66 346 - *Zhang Jue Zhang Ji 147 36 97 362 Y Zhang Liang 102 34 78 259 - Zhang Liao 232 216 237 13027 Y Zhang Ren 207 165 207 3262 Y Zhang Xun 183 28 91 675 Y Zhang Yi 100 90 80 989 Y Zhang Zhao 140 240 178 8082 Y Zhao Fan 136 105 136 1594 N*1 Zhao Yun 245 216 67 *LV S Zheng Mao 93 34 55 153 Y *Deng Mao Zhou Cang 215 85 128 506 C Zhou Chao 140 20 91 346 C Zhou Tai 180 45 195 10763 Y Zhou Yu 195 230 209 6365 Y Zhu Ge Jin 125 215 198 6365 Y *Zhuge Jin Zhu Ge Liang 122 255 56 *LV S *Zhuge Liang Zhu Zhi 210 95 143 10261 Y *1 After fighting this officer, you will never face them again. *2 After defeating Pang De, he travels to Wei. In Wei, ironically, you can finally hire him, he has no tactics, and Shu soldiers. *3 Guan Ping appears at the entrance of the first cave in Dong Zhuo's territory, but only after you have found the Gold Key. *4 Members of the Wei Cao family join only after Cao Pi's death. *5 You face Lu Meng in a few cities, but you never get a chance to hire him, and you cannot encounter him randomly. *6 Dian Wei appears in two battles as an enemy officer, Ru Nan Castle under Sima Yi, and later in command of Luo Yang's second gate. You can recruit him after Ru Nan, and if you do, he won't participate at Luo Yang's gate! (Thanks, Chzn8r!) Destiny of an Emperor Unused Officers (Alphabetical Order) Name Str. Int. Agi. Sld. Join? Notes ----------- ---- ---- ---- ------ ----- ------- Chen Lin 20 170 70 1255 -*6 Guan Suo 216 144 198 16540 -*6 Liu Chan 21 7 0 150 -*6 Sun Gan 42 144 80 153 -*6 *Sun Qian Xun You 96 204 160 16540 -*6 Yi Ji 44 200 170 1197 -*6 Zhang Song 44 198 180 3110 -*6 *6 These officers are listed for entertainment value, for sake of completion. Capcom created them, but you cannot fight them. http://www.lordyuanshu.com/conewalkerforum/viewtopic.php?t=880 Section XII - LEVEL UPS ---------------------------------------- Experience required for each level-up. 1 0 18 13547 35 181060 2 20 19 17040 36 202073 3 50 20 21232 37 225188 4 95 21 26263 38 250614 5 162 22 31797 39 278583 6 263 23 34884 40 309349 7 404 24 44579 41 343191 8 602 25 51944 42 380417 9 897 26 60045 43 421365 10 1267 27 68956 44 466408 11 1811 28 78759 45 515956 12 2518 *1 29 89542 46 549978 13 3438 30 101403 47 627686 14 4634 31 114451 *2 48 687775 15 6189 32 128730 49 750868 16 8210 33 144591 50 817116 17 10636 34 161957 51 999999 *3 51-55 ...? *4 *1 On level 12 you would learn the tactic, Fu Bing. Xu Zhe (Shu) would learn this tactic, but because it is impossible to have him at this level, you probably won't see a message saying the tactic has been learned, or gain any MTP bonus for the level. It can, however, be obtained if you reach this level with Liu Bei in your party (it would have to be a deliberate painful process), thus getting MTP credit for this level. more info: http://kongming.net/doae/secrets/mtp/ *2 On level 31 Pang Tong and Zhuge Liang learn the Ce Mian tactic -- the highest-level tactic in the game. You will not learn new tactics from this point, and the MTP value you have after this level will be your permanent MTP value for the rest of the game. *3 Only availalbe by speaking to sage behind Ji Zhou castle when at level 50, then accepting his bonus level up. Doing so sets your experience to 999,999, but actually reaching 999,999 normally does not increase your level to 51. *4 A Taiwan remake of Destiny of an Emperor for Windows allows your level to reach 55 through regular gameplay, but this cannot be done in the English, Chinese, or Japanese versions. It is unclear if you can reach level 56 through the sage. Section XIII - SPOILS OF VICTORY ---------------------------------------- Presenting a mostly-complete listing of the average Experience, Gold and Rations you can expect from the various preset game battles. Not really useful at all for casual play, but if you are trying to time a level-up, or are concerned about leveling too soon, this can be useful. Chapter 1 ------------------- Commander Battlefield Exp Gold Food Zhang Ling Qing Zhou Castle 25 ??? ??? Zhang Bao Zhang Bao's Fortress 30 ??? ??? Zhang Jao Tie Man Xia Fortress 40 ??? ??? Zhang Jao Qing Zhou Castle 63 ??? ??? Zhang Jao Qing Zhou Cave 53 ??? ??? Chapter 2 ------------------- Commander Battlefield Exp Gold Food Hua Xiong Fan Shui Guan Fortress 50 ??? ??? Lu Bu Hu Lao Gate 95 ??? ??? Li Jue Luo Yang Gate 1 65 ??? ??? Xu Rong Luo Yang Gate 2 85 ??? ??? Dong Zhuo Luo Yang Castle 100 ??? ??? Lu Bu Yang Zhou Castle 120 ??? ??? Dong Min Chang An Gate 1 90 ??? ??? Dong Zhuo Chang An Castle 141 ??? ??? Chapter 3 ------------------- Commander Battlefield Exp Gold Food Lei Bo Yuan Castle 180 ??? ??? Ji Ling Huai Nan Castle 170 ??? ??? Han Xian Chen Cang Fortress 175 ??? ??? Liang Ji Nan Yang Gate 1 120 ??? ??? Chen Lan Nan Yang Gate 2 155 ??? ??? Yuan Shu Nan Yang Castle 295 ??? ??? Chapter 4 ------------------- Commander Battlefield Exp Gold Food Yuan Shao Nan Yang Bridge 0 0 0 Lu Guang Bao Hai Castle 655 995 3200 Xu Shou Xu Shou's Fortress 735 1150 1975 Yuan Tan Guang Zong Castle 790 1020 5000 Yuan Shang Guang Zong City 470 820 3850 Ma Yan Ji Zhou Gate 1 475 845 3225 Zhang Yi Ji Zhou Gate 2 490 790 3225 Yuan Shao Ji Zhou Castle 1040 1550 4525 Yuan Shao * Ji Zhou Castle 1200 1840 6200 * With Yuan Shu, if you released him at Nan Yang Chapter 5 ------------------- Commander Battlefield Exp Gold Food Jin Xuan Wu Ling Castle 620 1460 4775 Han Xuan Chang Sha Castle 1130 2680 10000 Zhao Fan Gui Yang Castle 925 1735 6250 Xing Daorong Ling Ling Gate 1 770 1700 6225 Liu Du Ling Ling Castle 770 1520 5175 Pang Tong Jingzhou Fields 930 1485 5075 Chapter 6 ------------------- Commander Battlefield Exp Gold Food Lu Bu Ba-Shu Fields 2480 3875 11500 Liu Kui Liu Kui's Fortress 1965 3150 15775 Meng Da Fu Shui Gate 1 1790 3130 13650 Yan Yan Fu Shui Castle 1890 2050 7475 Huang Quan Luo Gate 1 1710 3940 12600 Ma Chao Luo Castle 2415 4968 23825 Li Yan Mian Zhu Guan Fortress 2185 3575 14200 Lei Tong Cheng Du Gate 1 2050 4005 14850 Liu Zheng Cheng Du Castle 3340 4325 21600 Chapter 7 ------------------- Commander Battlefield Exp Gold Food Ling Tong Ling Ling Castle 2225 1585 5475 Fan Zhang Wu Ling Castle 2135 1820 7275 Gan Ning Jian An Castle 4600 8290 32650 Zhou Yu Hui Ji Fortress 5190 7940 39225 Zhuge Jin Wu Castle 5630 8780 35575 Ding Feng Po Yang Gate 1 5665 5415 22850 Chen Pu Po Yang Fortress 7845 9665 38100 Huang Gai Jin Du Gate 1 3485 4485 16850 Sun Yu Jin Du Castle 10265 8145 31950 Lu Meng Jin Du City 5130 5972 23975 Pirate Force Brigand's Inn 15030 7828 20975 Sun Yi Jian Ye Gate 1 5960 6364 22500 Zhou Tai Jian Ye Gate 2 6610 5570 17600 Sun Huan Jian Ye Gate 3 12125 8555 29275 Sun Quan Jian Ye Castle 6900 6990 35100 Chapter 8 ------------------- Commander Battlefield Exp Gold Food Xiahou Yuan Guang Ling Gate 1 6260 10690 49500 Zhang Liao Guang Ling Castle 10180 12530 65500 Cao Zhi He Fei Gate 1 7255 11105 47400 Cao Pi He Fei Fortress 18125 13150 72700 Cao Xiu Ru Nan Gate 1 11770 10865 39600 Xiahou Shang Ru Nan Gate 2 13593 10672 51600 Cao Pi Ru Nan Castle 0 0 0 Chapter 9 ------------------- Commander Battlefield Exp Gold Food Sima Yi Ru Nan Castle 29690 14750 41200 Niu Jin Chen Liu Gate 1 ??? ??? ??? Sima Yi Chen Liu Fortress ??? 14080 60700 Xun Huo Chin Castle 25626 13152 38800 Dian Wei Luo Yang Gate 1 5148 436 1100 Liu Dai Luo Yang Gate 2 6861 412 1425 Le Xin Luo Yang Gate 3 7542 376 975 Sima Yi Rebuilt Luo Yang 13488 668 1875 Section XIV - DISCLAIMER/COPYRIGHT ---------------------------------------- This guide is Copyright (C) 2000-2007 James Peirce, and protected by standard copyright law. You may print copies for use at home and store copies locally for easy access. To post this guide on your Web page you must agree to the following conditions without any deviation. You must notify me with the URL at which the guide will be posted and the site's main address. You may not alter the guide or convert it from its original plain text format. The guide must be opened in a new window and never in a frameset. The Guide must appear without advertising of any sort (including popup-ads that appear when the viewer clicks the guide link). 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