Ninja Gaiden 2 - FAQ/Walkthrough Version: 0.01 Author: dissectedgames, C4RRnage Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org The newest version of this guide will be at www.dissectedgames.com and GameFAQs.com. Those are the only sites that I will personally update. However, other places may post this FAQ* but it is their responsibility to keep it update to date with the newest version at www.dissectedgames.com or GameFAQs.com. *This walkthrough may be posted on any video game website as long as it is posted in its entirety with credit given to its original author, me, dissectedgames. I give permission to allow only this specific guide to be posted any place as long as the site doesn't have anything illegal or inappropriate and the guide is freely available (you cannot post my guide and charge for access to it). This walkthrough is for the Acolyte difficulty setting. I will be doing a Warrior difficulty walkthrough if I have time. I am playing Warrior for fun right now and the only difference I have noticed is the bosses have more health and you sometimes fight different types of enemies. So, I think item locations are the same and level layouts and puzzles are definitely the same, in case you get stuck. As always, your feedback is welcome. Send me an email or you can head over to my site (dissectedgames.com) and leave comments. Chapter 1 - Sky City Tokyo The controls are the same as the last game. You'll start off on a deck. Defeat the 3 guys. They are really easy so just do whatever you feel like to kill them. Smash the barrels and get some yellow orbs. Go around the building to your left if you're facing the door and there is a dragon statue for you to save. Go into the shop through the paper doors. after the cut scene, there are 3 more ninjas down there. Using your ultimate attack is great against these guys (hold down y to charge up and then release when you glow red). The chest at the end of the hallway contains blue orbs. You'll encounter 4 more ninjas. Try to get one to seperate one away from the group and then kill him and then kill the others. Make sure to finish off any enemy that has got an arm or leg cut off because they will attempt to suicide attack you and that deals a lot of damage. Go down the hallway and then jump down the hole. There is a chest and it contains the run-along-the-wall (I know that's not what its really called) technique. Climb the ladder, run along the wall to make it across the gap. Jump off the wall for more distance. Go down the hallway and the chest contains the dodge technique. Hold left trigger and tap the left stick in any direction to dodge. Behind you on the shrine is another chest that contains the Art of the Inferno (which is a Ninpo that uses one of your three circles below your health). Run to the next ledge and drop down. There are 4 ninjas down there. After you kill them, go inside and there are chests with yellow and red orbs. Go up the stairs and kill the ninja in the hall that is waiting to ambush you. There are 5 enemies waiting for you at the top of the stairs. To your left, there is a chest and in it has a Lives of a Thousand Gods (use it to increase your health). Go up the stairs and to the left. The chest has the Herb of Spiritual Life (using it will give you health back). Go through the door and to the right. There are 2 ninjas in the room. After you kill them jump and run along the wall to your left and jump to the next platform. Up the stairs there are 4 guys waiting for you and then run and jump along the wall and jump to the platform. Examine the body in the middle of the hallway to get the obliteration technique (to use, press Y near a wounded enemy and you will kill them). There are 3 more ninjas along the hallway. Turn left at the end of the hallway and examine the body to get the Flying Bird technique scroll. To use it, you have to be standing in a narrow room and wall jump back and forth to go up the walls. Then use the Dragon statue to save and heal. Use your Flying Bird (wall jump) to jump up the wall corridor behind the statue. When you get to the top, there are 4 more ninjas. Run across the bridge and smash the vase/jar to get yellow orbs. There are 4 ninjas across the bridge. Jump in the water and run down to find a row boat and in the boat is a treasure chest and in the chest is an Herb of Spiritual Life. Run all the way to the other end of the river (away from the boat) and you will find 3 more ninjas and to your left. Behind the building, to your left, there is a chest with a Life of the Gods (find 8 of them to increase your life). Run up the stairs and across the bridge again and to your left and down the stairs there are 2 more ninjas. When you are on the stairs, there is a ninja with a bow and arrow, you can kill him with your Ninpo (after you hit Y+B to activate your Ninpo, the only one you have now is the fire one, use the left stick to aim for your enemy). You will come to a gap in the walkway and there are 3 ninjas that come to attack you. So while they are running toward you, charge up your ultimate attack. At the gap, jump and grab the bar and you'll swing around it and when your momentum is going towards the opposite ledge, hit A to release. You will approach some stairs and 3 more guys will come so you have time to charge up your ultimate attack. After you will kill them you have to jump and grab the bar and then jump and grab another bar to get across. Climb the ladder and there is a chest with Devil Way Mushroom (restores one of your Ninpo circles). Run to your left and there is a Flying Swallow technique scroll. To use it, jump and press a forward and hit Y. When you get to the top of the stairs, there are 5 ninjas and more will spawn. One is a magic user. Kill the magic guy first and then take care of the others. You might find using your new Flying Swallow technique to be useful especially if you need to cover the distance between you and your enemy quickly. Go into the room with the huge statue and there is a chest to your left and a dragon statue to your right. At the big statue, grab the Lunar (press RB). Equip your Lunar by pausing the game or pressing up on the directional pad. The lunar is one of my favorite weapons because it has a long reach. Go back outside and run down the stairs and to your right you will find the Ultimate Technique scroll. A series of ninjas attack you, about 6 in all. Try out your new techniques with your lunar to find one that works best, it is a little different than your Dragon Sword. After you kill everyone then go across the bridge and there is a diary to your left. Go across the small stone bridge and then examine the body and get The Technique of Ultimate Guidance. This technique gives you the ability to charge your attack up faster if there are essence nearby. You suck in the essence orbs and that can make you charge instantly. Run outside and there are several ninjas out there, Once you have killed a few of them, hold down Y to gather the essence and your ultimate attack will charge fast. This is a good strategy that you should use throughout the game. After you kill everyone, two doors of the house will open. Go into the door to the right and open the chest to find yellow essence. To your left are some paper doors and there are 2 ninjas that will come through them. Run down the corridor and go to the left and there will be 3 ninjas out there. After you defeat them, a Muramasa's shop will appear. You can choose to upgrade one of your weapons at the shop (I chose to upgrade the Lunar). I recommend not wasting money on potions and saving money for upgrades. If you're having trouble and having to use a lot of potions, just stick with it. Practice makes perfect and having extra money to upgrade your weapons later will help a lot. After you are done with Muramasa, jump down the hole and bats will come out of the hole so be ready. Spamming attacks with your lunar should take care of the bats quickly. Open the door and go out onto the catwalk and there is a notebook. Run along the catwalk and 2 ninjas will come running at you. There is a Devil Way Mushroom in the chest on the platform below where they came running from. After you went down the to get the chest, run up the stairs and jump and run along the wall to your left and jump to the platform. At the end of the next catwalk there is a chest that contains blue orbs. Go back to the "broken" and tilted part of the catwalk and jump down. When you drop down, there is another notebook. Run down the hallway and you'll have to battle 6 ninjas. This is a good place to use your ultimate attack if there are essence orbs around. When everyone is killed there will be a cut-scene. After the scene you will be dropped in a room with 3 claw guys. Kill them and then save your game at the Blue Dragon Statue. Go through the door and about 6 ninjas attack you and use your ultimate attack to get rid of them. Go to the room with the elevators and when you go up the stairs, ninjas will ambush you so be careful. At the top of this set of stairs there are about 10 guys. Defeat them and then go up to the next floor. There is a chest and in there is a cracked ID card on the top floor. If you want a Devil Way Mushroom, there is one in a chest at the very bottom of the stairs. Go back to the level where you defeated the ninjas and go back down the hallway to your right and open the door on the left with your ID card and examine the body to get a notebook. Go up the ladder to your left. Wall jump (Flying Bird) to get to the top of the elevator shaft. When you reach the top, there are about 5 ninjas up there. To your right there is a Muramasa statue and a chest near it with the Grains of Spiritual Life (will refill most of your life). You can update one of your weapons if you have money (yellow essence) (I chose to upgrade the Lunar). Run the other way and there is a Blue Dragon Statue on your left. Go up the stairs and at the top there are a 8 more guys to defeat. Go through the door and there will be a cut scene. After the cut scene you will have to fight a huge spider boss. ****************************** BOSS - Shadow Ninja Rasetsu ********************************* You should use your all Ninpo, The Art of Inferno, because you it will refill automatically between chapters. Hitting him 3 times gets his health to about half gone. You can be damaged while using your Ninpo so use it three times right away. After that charge in with your Dragon Sword. Many of his attacks can be blocked so don't be afraid to try and block once in a while. He also has grabs to though so don't just stand in front of him like a blocking statue. His health should already be half gone and you should be at full health so just spam strong attacks. Chapter 2 - The Castle of the Dragon Go through the arbor and examine the body and find another notebook. Fight the guys in the graveyard and run down the stairs to fight a few more. Go down more stairs and there are about 7 more. In the courtyard, there is a Muramasa statue. Go to the door to your left and there are 5 more guys to fight. There is a chest here with a Life of the Gods. Go back out into the courtyard and to the opposite side and there is a body with a notebook. 5 more ninjas pop out and at the end of the hall there is a body and if you examine it it gives you an Herb of Spiritual Life. Drop down near the body and run down and drop into the water. Under the water there is a crystal skull that you can grab. Tap A to run along the water to run towards the guy with the bow and arrow and kill him. Run around the corner and find a counter attack scroll and there is a blue dragon statue where you can save. Up the stairs to your left are 3 claw guys and 2 archers. Quickly kill one of the claw guys and then use your ultimate attack to take out the rest. Run around the corner to your right and into the house to find a room with 2 chests. Grab the grains of spiritual life from the closest chest and about 5 ninjas will drop in to fight you before you can get the second chest. After killing them all, grab the grains of spiritual life from the second chest. Behind you and to your right is a small indentation in the wall. In that alcove there is a new weapon, Falcon's Talons. I don't really like the Falcon's Talons because they have a short reach. I recommend at least trying all the weapons though. You can always switch back if you don't like them. Run back outside and find a notebook about ultimate guidance next to the dead body at the bottom of the stairs. Back in the courtyard you'll be rushed by a flood of ninjas and a couple archers. Try to kill the archers first. Run up the stairs and when you reach the top there is are two walls that you can use to wall jump back and forth (Flying Bird technique). At the top there is a chest containing a herb of spiritual life. Run up some more stairs and you will come to some more ninjas. There is another set of wall jump walls that you can bounce between, use the Flying Bird technique, to reach the top of the tower. There are two archers up in the towers so make sure to go up there and kill them. Run up the next set of stairs and kill the ninjas there. At the top of these stairs is a blue dragon statue. After you save run down the narrow tunnel to the left of the statue. Once you make your way about half way through it, 2 claw ninjas will sneak up behind you. Kill them and then run to the end of the tunnel. Wall jump back and forth (Flying Bird Technique) to jump up out of the tunnel. There are two ninjas and an archer up here. Run up the stairs and examine the body for a notebook about counter attack. Run up the bridge and there are two claw ninjas and two archers. Head into the next room and some ninjas will drop in around you. Kill them and then get the blue essence from the chest to the left of the doorway. When you run up the stairs there will be some archers shooting you through a wall. You can't really get to them so just quickly run out the next door. Once in the next room there is a tunnel to your left and chest with a herb of spiritual life. Run up the stairs and two ninjas will drop in. At the top of the stairs are about 6 ninjas and a magic guy. Kill the magic guy first and then take out the rest. The magic guy disappears but you can follow him by watching his weird shadow that he makes on the ground. There is another notebook next to the dead body by the door. Run up the boards leaning against the wall and jump to the roof. Three claw guys and a magic guy will attack you on the roof. The magic guy appears after you kill the first two claw guys but make sure to kill him before he can hit you with magic. Jump down the burning hole in the roof. There will be three archers at the other end of the hallway. Kill them then go back near where you dropped in and use the blue dragon statue. Grab the bow and arrows off the wall on the left side of the hallway at the end by where the archers were. Equip your bow and shoot the blue glowing target you can see through the door. Hold B pull back the arrow and use the left stick to aim. Run up the stairs and then drop down into the room with the huge gold dragon statue. Now you will fight the spider boss from the last level, Shadow Ninja Rasetsu. ********************************* MINI BOSS - Shadow Ninja Rasetsu 2 ********************************* He is just like the other fight but this time there are over ninjas around him. Again, you might as well use all your Ninpo, using the Art of Inferno, because there is a chest in the next room the completely refills your Ninpo. You can pretty much kill him with your Ninpo depending on how full you are. Just make sure you hit the boss instead of the other ninjas that will be jumping around. Use the left stick to aim. Circles will appear showing you who you will hit with the Art of Inferno. If you run out before he dies, most of his attacks can be blocked so when he charges you just block and wait for him to finish his combo then attack him. After you kill the boss there is a chest with red essence that will completely refill you Ninpo out the door and down the hallway to your right. At the other end of the hallway is a set of stairs where two claw ninjas appear. Below these stairs is a dead body with a grains of spiritual life. Run up the stairs. In the next room are 2 ninjas and an archer. Kill the archer first. Running along the wall is a good way to avoid his arrows. Smash the walls to the right to reveal a set of stairs and a blue dragon statue. A ninja will drop in before you get to the blue dragon statue. Kill him then save and run out in the the main room. Run up the stairs and find an unrivaled soaring technique scroll. Smash the wall to the right. Head out onto the platform and a archer will appear to your left. Jump and run along the wall to your left to reach him. There is a breakable wall and ninjas here. Behind the breakable wall is part of a decoration you need for this puzzle. There is a breakable wall section across from the decoration that allows you to get to the other side of the platform you originally came in, just avoid the trap door in the middle room. As you are going through this hallway, on the other side, on the shelves, is a silver skull. In the next room are a bunch more ninjas, some archers, and the other decoration piece. Now that you've got both puzzle pieces, jump back to the center platform. Use the puzzle pieces on the two ying-yang symbols sitting the platform by the door that originally lead you to this room and the dragon will open his mouth. Shoot the glowing orb to the left of the dragon's head with an arrow and a platform will drop down allowing you to run into the dragon's mouth. Once you run into his mouth, there is a blue dragon statue. At the other end of this hallway is a chest containing a yellow orb. Jump through the hole in the wall and out onto the roof. There are about 6 magic guys out there who will attack you, two at a time. Just stay on them and don't let them get far away and cast their magic. Run around the roof to your left and up the steep part. Jump through the window. There are several archers and ninjas in this room. Kill the archers first. Across the way is a chest with a lives of a thousand gods. To the the right of the chest is a hole you can drop down. To the left end of the hallway is a blue dragon statue. At the other end is a Muramasa statue. I recommend upgrading your lunar. Go back up the ladder and up the stairs. Yhree ninjas will be waiting for you. Near the stairs across from where you came up is a dead body with a life of the gods. Go down the hallway and into the door to your left. A cutscene will play and you'll battle the next boss. ********************************* BOSS - Genshin ********************************* Genshin dodges your Art of Inferno Ninpo so don't waste your time using it on him. I found that by far the best strategy is to use your lunar just sit there and holding block and then spam Y for counter attack when he gets close. You might have to let go of block to make sure you're facing him, but once you get lined up just hold down block and hit Y as fast as you can. I was able to kill him while only taking about 1/4 of my health in damage using this strategy. This was on the Acolyte difficulty setting but I used the same strategy when I fought him on Warrior. Chapter 3 - Thunderclap of Catastrophe There is a chest to your right with a herb of spiritual life. Around the corner is a Murmasa statue. When you run out into the street a swarm of dogs will attack you. Just keep attacking to fend them off. Down the road to your left is a chest with red essence. After you open the chest bats will swarm you. Run down to the other end of the road and turn right. Inspect the body to pick up Art of the Wind Blades. Out in the next room are a bunch of ninjas and an archer. Around the far corner to the right is a chest with blue essence. At the very top of the stairs is a crystal skull. You'll probably have to clear out all the ninjas before getting the skull. There are also two magic guys around the corner. Down the hallway to the right is a blue dragon statue. Around the corner from the dragon statue is a narrow hallway where you can wall jump back and forth (flying bird technique). At the top are about 3 ninjas and 2 magic guys. After you kill them flying dragons appear. Use your bow to shoot the dragons. You don't have to aim at them you can just spam b and Ryu will auto aim at them if you're facing in their general direction. The corpse to your right has more arrows if you need them. After you've cleared them, run to your right and some archers will spawn across the way. Use your bow to shoot them. Aiming and zooming in makes this easier. Also, make sure to fully charge up your shot to kill them in one hit. Then refill your arrows, grab the pole and shimmy across. You must stop swinging to shimmy. Just don't hit any buttons or press the sticks or a section. Drop down and fight 2 archers and a ninja. There is a blue dragon statue in the corner behind you. Across from the statue, before you jump down the ledge, there is a chest the contains an herb of spiritual life. Once you jump down the ledge, there is one are without a fence or wall in your way, there are about 6 ninjas that attack you and there is a chest to your left with an herb of spiritual life. To your right across the street is a body that is holding a Four Greater Fiends scroll. Go to the right of the police stand and about 6 ninja dogs attack you. The key to beating them without taking too much damage is stay on top of them and not giving them a chance to hit your with their incendiary shurikens. Run to your right and a cutscene will play and you'll face some large purple demons. They are pretty tough and they breathe some kind of fire so you'll want to get in close and finish them quickly. You need to figure out how to kill these guys easily because you'll be facing a lot of them later in the game. After you kill the purple bat demons drop down and there is a blue dragon statue. Run down the hallway and then some more purple demons attack you. Concentrate on one purple bat demon at a time and make sure you kill it completely before moving on. At the T intersection to the right there is a dead body by the ladder and he has a Jewel of Demon Seal that allows you to upgrade one of your Ninpo. I used it to upgrade my Art of Inferno because I like that one. You might want to try out others or upgrade a different one. Go up the ladder by the corpse and look for the bars that are close by and wall jump to the bars, run along the wall, and then jump down. There is a chest there with red essence. Run along this ledge and then to your left and then left again and down the ladder. On this ledge is a chest with yellow essence. Drop down again and bats will attack you. Run down the tunnel and then run and jump off the wall to grab the bar above swing and jump to next ledge. It might help you to shimmy out a little to get a better angle. Once you are on this next platform bats attack you. Jump and run along the wall to the next ledge and there are more bats. You will come up to a ledge with a ladder going down. Stop before going down and 2 purple bat demons will jump up and attack you. If you stay where you are you can hit them both at the same time because you will all be in a small room. Drop down by the ladder and there is a body with arrows. Run down the tunnel but be careful because there is a purple bat demon hiding to ambush you. When you are fitting him bats will attack you to but you'll probably kill them on accident while attacking the big guy. To your right is a Flying Bird technique scroll. Wall run and jump back and forth down the narrow hallway. On the platform at the end is a crystal skull. Drop down into the water to find a chest with a Life of the Gods. Go back to the T interesection and take right path this time. At the end of the hallway is a blue dragon statue. Using the wall jump back and forth get up to the next platform and kill the bats there. Use the wall run on the wall to the right to get to the next platform. When you get above the platform, just stop running and you'll drop straight down. Jump and grab the bar over your head, shimmy down. Jump to the platform to your left to get the chest with yellow essence. Jump back on the bar and shimmy to the next platform. Jump from wall to wall around the corner to reach the next platform. At the next platform there is about 4 ninjas and an archer waiting for you. Go up to the archer's ledge, where he was standing, wall run around the corner to reach the next ledge and find a Muramasa statue. Make sure to equip you bow and run through the door to your left. In this room are two archers. Use a charged up arrow to kill them in one hit. Drop down from your ledge and climb up the ladder. To your right is a dead body with an infinite supply of incendiary shurikens. You'll want to use incendiary shurikens a lot in this area because you can always head back to this body to get more. It you hit the blue glowing circle in the middle of the fans, you'll stop them from spinning. Head through the fan to your left if you're facing the center of the tunnel. At the end of this tunnel is a bunch of ninjas but they are seperated from you by metal bars. Use your incendiary shurikens to kill them. To your right is a corpse with some grains of spiritual life. To get to this corpse you have to wall run along the metal bars. Run down to the other end of the tunnel and wall run across the metal bars and get a chest with yellow essence. No go to the other fan, the one with a slight down slope after it. Once past the fan, 4 ninjas will attack you in 2 waves. Before you leave this area, stock up on incendiary shurikens. Go up the ladder, jump across to the other ledge and then jump and grab the bar by the hole in the metal bars and swing and jump through the hole. Drop down into the water and bats will attack you. Dive under the water and swim through a tunnel. Once you're through the tunnel come up to the surface. There will be bats and 2 ninjas attacking you. One the ground on this platform is a dead body with arrows and a blue dragon statue to your left. Go in the subway car and wall jump back and forth all the way up to the top. There are two archers up here. They are hard to get to. Two incendiary shurikens will kill them or you can use your bow. Wall run around the corner and up to the next platform and there is a chest with red essence. Wall run again to get to through the opening and into the next area. Once you get across, two ninjas will attack you. Run to the next corner and three more ninjas will attack you. Run through this tunnel for a while and you'll come to a big open area. Jump into that area and four purple bat demons attack you. These guys are kind of tough. Avoid their breath attacks. Run around to your left and down a narrow tunnel and up some stairs. There is a body there with a notebook at the invisible path. Use the invisible path, which is the wall run and then jump and then wall run again. There is a couple archers up here and two ninjas. There is also a Muramasa statue here. Turn to your right and cross a narrow bridge is a blue dragon statue. If you're facing the blue dragon statue, behind you and to your left is a platform where the archer was. On this platform is a wagon wheel looking thing where you can enter the Test of Valor if you have the right item. I don't think you can get the item in Acolyte mode. After you're done in here, drop down over the next ledge and you'll be on some subway tracks. On top of some wrecked subway cars are about 4 ninjas and 2 archers. You have to wall run and then jump to the next subway car to reach the archers if they are up there. Get into the upper subway car to the left, if you're not already in there. Once in this car, run to the other end and about 5 purple demons attack you when you get out of the car. As you kill them, 2 more will spawn. After you kill those fiends there will be a cutscene and the next boss appears. ************************************* BOSS - Silver Train Demon ************************************* He has a couple different attacks. He has little mini-me's that will fly and attack you. If you manage to kill the mini-me's they'll drop essence which can refill your health. I found trying to shoot them at the last second with my bow to be the best strategy since you'll be using your bow most of the fight. He also shoots blue orbs of electricity that are unblockable. When he shoots those try to run behind him because he can only shoot them in the direction he is facing. His ultimate attack is he shoots out a huge blue face. If the face hits you, you'll take a lot of damage, so run away. I found that your Ninpo is not effective against him. To kill him, shoot him with a charged up arrow in his face. The best strategy is to stand in the middle of the level lengthwise and hit him with charged arrows as much as possible. You should stand in the middle lengthwise and off to the side so that when he starts shooting his blue balls you can run behind him quickly. Make sure not to get to close or he'll hit you with electricity. Don't attack him with your melee weapon until you've shot him in the face enough to lower his life almost all the way. Then he will flip onto his back and fall down. When he is on his back you can attack him. When he is laying on the ground on his back you can attack him to finish him off. ... To be continued. I've played more but it'll take me a little bit to get it all organized.