NINJA GAIDEN II
THE MONGOLOID FREAKSHOW - Full XBOX 360 WALKTHROUGH
Authored by VampireHorde





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++NINJA GAIDEN 2 ASCII ARTWORK BY ME (it's supposed to be Roman numeral 
"2" but it looks more like giant diarrhea turds)


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What's the deal, party peoples? After having to endure TWO separate 
catastrophic remakes of the original Xbox classic, Team Ninja has 
answered all our prayers with a full blown sequel to Ninja Gaiden. 

It is here (and ONLY here) where you will find hardcore tips and 
tactics, all 30 Crystal Skull locations, weapon combos, and enemy and 
boss strategies. If that is too much for you to handle, then you don't 
belong here. Only the HARDCORE! If you want flimsy hack-and-slash 
strategies, then go somewhere else because I ain't with that kind of 
1st-grade mentality!

This will be an interactive FAQ in which I will provide links to videos 
with strategies for various boss and enemy battles. If you are having 
trouble with a certain enemy or boss, search the FAQ for URL links (if 
I made a video for it).


ENOUGH TALK, LET'S ROCK!


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              +++   ONLY A LAD - THE GAMEPLAY ASPECTS   +++
               ________   __  __________  __   _____  __
              / ___/ _ | /  |/  / __/ _ \/ /  / _ \ \/ /
             / (_ / __ |/ /|_/ / _// ___/ /__/ __ |\  / 
             \___/_/ |_/_/  /_/___/_/  /____/_/ |_|/_/  
                                                       

X BUTTON: REGULAR ATTACK
Y BUTTON: HARD ATTACK/HOLD FOR UT/OBLITERATION TECHNIQUE
A BUTTON: JUMP/ACTION BUTTON/HOLD TO DIVE UNDERWATER
B BUTTON: SECONDARY WEAPON/PROJECTILE/HOLD TO CHARGE PROJECTILE

START BUTTON:  MENU SCREEN
SELECT BUTTON: OPTIONS MENU

LB BUTTON: BLOCK BUTTON 
LT BUTTON: ACTION BUTTON
RB BUTTON: RE-CENTER CAMERA
RT BUTTON: MAP BUTTON
 
D-PAD LEFT:  CHOOSE WEAPON
D-PAD RIGHT: CHOOSE WEAPON
D-PAD UP:    CHOOSE NINPO/SECONDARY WEAPON/HEALING ITEM
D-PAD DOWN:  CHOOSE NINPO/SECONDARY WEAPON/HEALING ITEM


WIND RUN:   X + A
NINPO:      B + Y 
COUNTERATTACK: PRESS X OR Y WHILE BLOCKING
REVERSE WIND: MOVE ANALOG STICK IN ANY DIRECTION WHILE BLOCKING


--THE CHIBURI MOVE
After Ryu kills all the baddies in a certain area, he will perform the 
Chiburi move where he swats away the blood from his weapon. When he 
does this, his health will also regenerate. If no enemies are present 
after a battle, but Ryu still doesn't perform the move, it means that 
there is still an enemy presence that you need to seek out.


--HEALTH RESTORE
When Ryu loses health in battle, his health bar will have a red meter 
that will increase. When the battle ends and he performs the Chiburi, 
his health will quickly restore itself up to the point of the red 
meter. To fully restore health, you must approach a SAVE STATUE to 
refill (only once per statue).


--THE OBLITERATION TECHNIQUE
In the previous Ninja Gaiden games, the fastest way to kill your enemy 
was to use an Ultimate Technique. While NGII still utilizes the UT, 
they've introduced a new feature known as the Obliteration Technique 
(or simply called OT). Ryu MUST kill every single enemy that he 
encounters or else they will pursue him regardless of how many limbs 
they still have intact. To avoid all this nonsense, approach an enemy 
that has been sliced apart and press the Y BUTTON near them to finish 
them off in a heinously bloody fashion.


--CHARGED PROJECTILES
Throughout the game, Ryu will acquire FIVE projectile weapons to use at 
his disposal. THREE of those weapons (Fiend's Bane Bow, Windmill 
Shuriken, Incendiary Shurikens) can be charged for greater impact when 
thrown at an enemy. Press and hold the B BUTTON with the weapon and Ryu 
will charge up and fling the powered-up weapon instantly slicing off a 
limb or even killing the enemy.


--THE WATER RUN
When approaching water, Ryu can run on it by tapping the A BUTTON as 
soon as his feet touch the ground. If he falls into the water, simply 
tap the A BUTTON to get back up.


--INFINITE OXYGEN
Ryu can now breathe underwater indefinitely without the aid of a 
breathing tank. Whenever Ryu dives underwater simply swim to the next 
area without worrying about losing oxygen!


--MANUAL SAVE
The game allows you to make automatic or manual saves. In order to 
makes manual saves (in case you have a favorite chapter or boss), you 
MUST choose it in the OPTIONS MENU. Once that option is chosen, you can 
then manually choose a slot to save by accessing the Save Statue TWICE. 
Access the statue to replenish health and then access it again to bring 
up the Manual Save menu. Trust me, it took awhile to figure that out.


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          +++   RED HOT CHEETOS - RYU'S ARMORY RELOADED   +++
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           |   | __|   |     |   |  _ \   |   | __|   |   |
           __ <  |     |     |   | ___ \  |   | |     |   |
          _| \_\_____|_____|\___/_/    _\____/ _____|____/ 
                                                         

Wanna know all the combos to each weapon? Wanna know which ones are the 
best to use for certain situations? Then you came to the right place. 


--BUTTONS LEGEND:

DIRECTIONAL --> =   PUSH ANALOG STICK FORWARD FROM RYU'S PERSPECTIVE
ROTATE 360 =        ROTATE LEFT ANALOG STICK IN A CLOCKWISE DIRECTION

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             ===   DRAGON SWORD/TRUE DRAGON SWORD   ===
     _ \  _ \   \   __|  _ \   \ |    __|\ \      / _ \  _ \ _ \ 
     |  |   /  _ \ (_ | (   | .  |  \__ \ \ \ \  / (   |   / |  |
    ___/ _|_\_/  _\___|\___/ _|\_|  ____/  \_/\_/ \___/ _|_\___/ 
                                                                

This is the THIRD time that the True Dragon Sword makes it appearance 
in a Ninja Gaiden game. What else do you need to know other than that?


--LEVEL 1 COMBOS

PIERCING DRAGON'S FANG XXXXX
TIGER ROAR             XXY
SEAL OF TEN            XX --> XX
THREE LIGHTS           XX --> XY
BLADE OF EMPTY AIR     XYX
SCARLET DRAGON         X, PRESS AND HOLD Y
WINDMILL SLASH         --> X
VIOLENT WIND           --> XX --> X
PIERCING WIND          --> XX --> Y
CRIMSON TEMPEST        YY
HAZE STRAIGHT SLASH    PRESS AND HOLD Y
AZURE DRAGON           --> Y
SCARLET DRAGON         --> PRESS AND HOLD Y


--LEVEL 2 COMBOS

DRAGON TEAR            XXX --> X
FANG OF THE WOLF       XXYY
IKARUGA                XXY --> Y
WRATH OF IZANAGI       XX --> XYY
BLADE OF SUSANO'O      XYXXXX
IZUNA DROP             XYXXXY
VIOLENT GALE           --> XX --> XX
DRAGON OF HEAVEN       --> XX --> YY --> Y
DRAGON OF EARTH        --> XX --> YY --> PRES AND HOLD Y
UNDEFEATABLE DEMON     YYY
FLYING CRANE           ROTATE 360, Y


--LEVEL 3 COMBOS

FORTUITOUS PHOENIX     XXYYYY
GLEAMING BLADE         ROTATE 360, PRESS AND HOLD Y


--LEVEL 4 COMBOS

STEEL SPLITTER                XXXY
CLOUD DRAGON FLYING SWALLOW   X, PRESS AND HOLD Y, YYY


--ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE

OBLIVION CROSS CUT           PRESS AND HOLD Y + ESSENCE
BLADE OF THE DRAGON'S SCALES PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE
ROARING GLEAM                ROTATE 360, PRESS AND HOLD Y + ESSENCE
TRUE DRAGON GLEAM (LVL 4)    ROTATE 360, PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE


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                           ===   LUNAR   ===
                       |    |  |  \ |   \   _ \
                       |    |  | .  |  _ \    /
                      ____|\__/ _|\_|_/  _\_|_\
                                              

The Lunar now has a different look and much faster Ultimate Technique 
compared to its earlier iteration. When upgraded to MAX level, each end 
of the staff has chained maces attached for lots of bloody 
dismemberment. While the combos are still the same (and less difficult 
to pull off) from the first game, mastering this weapon is still a 
challenge because of its limited power against every enemy. Not every 
combo is a killer, so take precaution when using the Lunar!


--LEVEL 1 COMBOS

DRAGON'S FANG SPIN   XXXX
GLEAMING SHADOW      XXY
INFINITY THRUST      X --> XX
BOLTED GATE          --> XX
FIERCE LION          Y
REMNANT BLOSSOMS     PRESS AND HOLD Y
WANING MOON          --> Y


--LEVEL 2 COMBOS

DRAGON TALON SPIN    XXXY
YIN-YANG THRUST      X --> XXX
ABSOLUTE DARKNESS    X --> XYX
IZUNA DROP           X --> XYXY
SUN AND MOON         X --> XYY
CHARGING LION        --> XXX
FIRST WIND           --> YYX
MOONLIT SHADOW       --> YYY
WANING EVIL          ROTATE 360, PRESS AND HOLD Y


--LEVEL 3 COMBOS

AMITABHA THRUST      X --> XXXX
MOLTEN ROCK          XYXXX
STRANGE SOUL         XYYYY
BLADED SPIDER        YYY --> YYYYY
DESTRUCTION SPIN     ROTATE 360, Y


--ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE

EIGHT DESTRUCTIONS   PRESS AND HOLD Y + ESSENCE
DANCE OF FLAME       PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE
HAZY SHADOW          ROTATE 360, PRESS AND HOLD Y + ESSENCE
HEAVENLY SHADOW      ROTATE 360, PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE
HEAVENLY IZUNA       ROTATE 360, PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE + Y


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                      ===   ECLIPSE SCYTHE   ===
    __|  __| |   _ _| _ \  __| __|    __|  __|\ \  /__ __| |  | __|
    _|  (    |     |  __/\__ \ _|   \__ \ (    \  /    |   __ | _| 
   ___|\___|____|___|_|  ____/___|  ____/\___|  _|    _|  _| _|___|
                                                                  

The Scythe is the answer to the (very sorely missed) Dabilahro from the 
first game. You can pull off a combo from mid-distance and still hit an 
enemy from afar. It also has a killer mid-air combo that can make short 
work of bigger enemies. To properly wield this weapon, learn how to 
utilize the On-Land Charge for a UT and learn how to counter! With a 
heavy weapon like this, you can't just mash away hoping to get by. Use 
this weapon against larger enemies like the mechs and the werewolves 
for massive damage.


--LEVEL 1 COMBOS

PIERCING MOON        XXXXX
SHADOW BANISHER      XXXX, X (HOLD BUTTON)
MIST SLASH           XXXXXY
CORPSE SWEEP         XXY
DEMON'S JAW          XYY
ROUND HAZE           --> XXX
FLYING HEADS         YY
SERPENT'S CURSE      PRESS AND HOLD Y
SOUL IMPALE          --> Y
HUNTED CHIMERA       --> YY


--LEVEL 2 COMBOS

DEATH'S GATE         XXX --> XXX
DEMON PROCESSION     XXXXYYY
DEATH'S CHARIOT      XXXY
REVERSED WATERFALL   --> XYYYYY
CRIES OF ARES        YYY
GRAVEYARD SPIN       ROTATE 360, Y


--LEVEL 3 COMBOS

DEATH'S PILLAR       XXX --> XXY
RIVER STYX DROP      XXX --> XX, Y (HOLD BUTTON)
REVERSED TSUNAMI     --> XXXXX


--ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE

UNDERWORLD ERUPTION   PRESS AND HOLD Y + ESSENCE
EMPIRE DESTROYER      PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE
MASSACRE SWEEP        ROTATE 360, PRESS AND HOLD Y + ESSENCE
EXTERMINATION SWEEP   ROTATE 360, PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE


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                      ===   FALCON TALONS   ===
     __| \   |     __|  _ \   \ |  __ __| \   |     _ \   \ |  __|
     _| _ \  |    (    (   | .  |     |  _ \  |    (   | .  |\__ \
    _|_/  _\____|\___|\___/ _|\_|    _|_/  _\____|\___/ _|\_|____/
                                                                 

The Claws are another bad-ass addition to the series because of its 
lethal up-close attacks. When first wielding this weapon, it will be 
difficult to get used to its short range. To properly wield this 
weapon, you need to also know how to utilize the counterattack. Its 
counter attack is a multiple hit counter that can lead the way to an 
Obliteration followed by some UT's to the face.


--LEVEL 1 COMBOS

LION'S ROAR                      XXXXX
PANTHER TAIL KICK                XXX --> XXX
TIGER'S CRUSHING JAW             XX --> X
FLYING TIGER'S CLAW              XYX
WHITE TIGER FLURRY               --> XXX
WHITE TIGER GOUGE                --> XXXY
BARED LION'S FANG                --> XXX, Y (HOLD BUTTON)
BEAR STRIKE                      YY
FURIOUS TIGER CLAW               YY --> Y
KING OF BEASTS                   PRESS AND HOLD Y
THUNDEROUS EARTH                 --> Y


--LEVEL 2 COMBOS

HEAVENY WOLF                     XXXYYYY
RAVENOUS THROW                   XXX, PRESS AND HOLD Y (HOLD BUTTON)
RUNNING FLAME                    XXYY
VERMILION BIRD STRIKE            XX --> YYY
PIERCING WOLF'S FANG             XYYY
THUNDEROUS LION'S ROAR           --> XXXXXX
CHARGING BOAR                    YYY
FURIOUS TIGER KICK               YY --> YY
CRY OF THE PHOENIX               --> YY


--LEVEL 3 COMBOS

CRUSHING VERMILION BIRD STRIKE   XX --> XXXXXX
IZUNA DROP                       XX --> XXXXXY
WINGS OF THE PHANTOM ROC         XX --> XXYY
WINGS OF THE VERMILION BIRD      XX --> XYYYY


--ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE

CLAW OF A HUNDRED BEASTS         PRESS AND HOLD Y + ESSENCE
FURY OF THE DIVINE BEASTS        PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE


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                          ===   TONFA   ===
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                          |  (   | .  | _| _ \ 
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The Tonfas are a great alternate to the Falcon Talons because of their 
faster speed and medium range. Its Ultimate Technique can target 
multiple enemies at once (even more so than the Lunar) and its 
Obliterations are quite painful to listen to.


--LEVEL 1 COMBOS

GREAT EDGE                      XXXXX
IVORY FLOWER                    XXXYX
BLOOMING IRIS                   XX --> XX
CYPRESS COLUMN                  XX --> XY
CRADLED MOON                    XY
CRIMSON EDGE                    X, PRESS AND HOLD Y, Y
DEMONS' STAVES                  --> X
DEMON DEVOURER                  --> XYY
IRON WHEEL                      YY
VERMILION FAN                   PRESS AND HOLD Y
FLEETING BLOSSOMS               --> YY


--LEVEL 2 COMBOS

FALLING PETALS FLOWING WATER   XXXYXXXX
IZUNA DROP                     XXXYXXXY
FLUTTERING PEACOCK             XX --> Y
FLOWER GARLAND DROP            XX --> XY
DEMONS' DIAMONDS               --> XX
STORM OF THE FOUR WINDS        YYY
OVERLAPPING STORMS             ROTATE 360, Y


--LEVEL 3 COMBOS

ONE THOUSAND BLOSSOMS          XXYYY
DEMON TEARS KICK               --> XXXXX


--ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE

SPRING WIND                    PRESS AND HOLD Y + ESSENCE
UNCONTROLLABLE BLOOM           PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE


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                       ===   KUSARI-GAMA   ===
        |  / |  |  __|   \   _ \_ _|      __|   \    \  |   \  
        . <  |  |\__ \  _ \    /  |____| (_ |  _ \  |\/ |  _ \ 
       _|\_\\__/ ____/_/  _\_|_\___|    \___|_/  _\_|  _|_/  _\
                                                               

The Kusari-gama is a short to wide-ranged weapon that is a bit unruly 
to use because of its mixed ranges. Even with that little nitpick, this 
is a great weapon to use against smaller enemies like the ninjas and 
against smaller fiends like the Fish and the Gaja.


--LEVEL 1 COMBOS

FACE STRIKE            XXXXX
SKULL SHATTERER        XXYY
HUNTING HEAVENS        XY
ONE HUNDRED FEET       --> XX
SPIRAL ATTACK          YY
STORM OF SIX FLOWERS   PRESS AND HOLD Y
SWEEPING CLOUDS        --> Y
FLOWING SPIN           ROTATE 360, Y


--LEVEL 2 COMBOS

GREAT SWEEP          XXXXY
EAR SLICER           XXXYYY
SERPENT SWING        XXXYY --> Y
MIDNIGHT BLADE       XXX --> X
SHRIKE DROP          XXX --> X (HOLD BUTTON)
FLYING VINE          XX --> Y
DEMON CUTTER         XX --> Y (HOLD BUTTON)
FALLING SNOW         XYYYX
TEMPLE BELL DROP     XYYYY
ONE HUNDRED FLAMES   XYYXX
FLYING VINE          X, PRESS AND HOLD Y
FUJI DROP            --> XXXXX
THUNDEROUS SPARROW   --> XXXXY
REVERSE GREAT SPIN   YYYYY
DANCING MAPLE        --> YYYX
GIANT BELL DROP      --> YYYY
RAGING WIND          ROTATE 360, YY


--LEVEL 3 COMBOS

RAGING STAR          XXXYYYYY
IMMENSE STRATEGY     YYYYYY
FURIOUS WHIRLWIND    ROTATE 360, YYY
MIDNIGHT BLADE       ROTATE 360, YYX


--ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE

POUNDING GATE           PRESS AND HOLD Y + ESSENCE
DANCE OF NINE DRAGONS   PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE


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                     ===   VIGOORIAN FLAILS   ===
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                     _|  |     _ \   |  |   \__ \
                    _|  ____|_/  _\___|____|____/
                                                

The Flails make a triumphant return from the first game. If ever there 
is a weapon in Ryu's arsenal that is perfect for button mashing, the 
Flails would be the best weapon to use. BUTTON MASH AWAY!


--LEVEL 1 COMBOS

DRAGON AND PHOENIX      XXXXXX
FIRE PIT                XXY
LOOMING FOG             XYX
GRASPING THE MOON       XYY
FLOWING WAVES           --> XX
HORN OF THE CHIMERA     --> XXY
FLAME WHEEL             YY
ERUPTING FLAME          --> Y
NINE HEAVENS            ROTATE 360, Y


--LEVEL 2 COMBOS

DRAGON SLAUGHTER        XXX --> XXXXXX
OPENED PATH             XXXXXY
WANDERING DESTRUCTION   XXXXY
PALE LIGHT              XXXY
FOE DESTROYER           XXYY
FURIOUS STRIKE          XYXXXX
IZUNA DROP              XYXXXY
INSANE RAVEN            XYYY
INSANE DEVIL            --> XXXXX
INTERRUPTED RIVER       --> XXXY
SHINING HEAVENS         YYY


--LEVEL 3 COMBOS

FURIOUS STRIKE          XXX --> XXXXXYXXX
IZUNA DROP              XXX --> XXXXXYXXY
PIERCING MOUNTAIN       XXX --> XXXXXYYYYYY
RISING SERPENT          --> YY


--ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE***

GOLDEN DRAGON          PRESS AND HOLD Y + ESSENCE
DANCING PHOENIX        PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE

**UT NOTE: TAP THE Y BUTTON REPEATEDLY FOR ADDITIONAL STRIKES


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                 ===   DRAGON CLAW & TIGER FANG   ===
       _ \  |  |  \   |      |  /   \__ __| \    \ |   \    __|
       |  | |  | _ \  |      . <   _ \  |  _ \  .  |  _ \ \__ \
      ___/ \__/_/  _\____|  _|\_\_/  _\_|_/  _\_|\_|_/  _\____/
                                                              

These dual-Katana babies made their debut appearance in Ninja Gaiden 
Sigma for PS3. While they weren't as bad-ass to use in Sigma, they are 
as every bit powerful and deadlier in NG2. Combos are every bit as fast 
and each combo take off 1.5% more health than the Dragon Sword. 


--LEVEL 1 COMBOS

FALLING FLOWERS                XXXXX
MAHAYANA BLADE                 XXXYY
DOUBLE LIGHTNING STRIKE        XX --> XX
FALLING DRAGON                 XXX --> X
DOUBLE ZHONG KUI SLASH         XYX
FIRE DRAGON SPINNING DESCENT   XYY
PURGATORY SLASH                X, PRESS AND HOLD Y
TWIN CONTINUOUS SLASH          --> XX
FLYING DRAGON                  --> XY
SWOOPING DRAGON FANG           YYYY
ROLLING HAZE SLASH             PRESS AND HOLD Y
RISING EARTH BLADE             --> Y
PURGATORY SLASH                --> PRESS AND HOLD Y


--LEVEL 2 COMBOS

BLADE OF NIRVANA              XXXXY
BLADE OF DHARMA'S WAY         XYY
LIGHTNING PIERCE              XX --> XXX
KING SLAYER                   XX --> Y
MIGHTY ZHONG KUI              XYXXXX
ZHONG KUI IZUNA               XYXXXY
ZHONG KUI HEAVENLY SPARROW    XYXXX, Y (BUTTON DELAY)
FALLING ZHONG KUI             XYXXY
WIND AND CLOUDS               X, PRESS AND HOLD Y, Y
TWIN CROSS CUT                --> XXX
DESCENDING DRAGON             --> XYY
RISE TO HEAVEN                ROTATE 360, Y


--LEVEL 3 COMBOS

PENETRATING LIGHTNING         XX --> XXX
BLADED WIND                   XX --> XY
EMPEROR SLAYER                XX --> YY
SPINNING ZHONG KUI            XYXXXXY
ZHONG KUI WHIRLWIND           XYXXYY
SPINNING FIRE DRAGON          XYYY
DIVINE BLADE                  X, PRESS AND HOLD Y, YY
GREAT CHASM                   YY, --> Y


--LEVEL 4 COMBOS (BLADE OF THE ARCHFIEND ONLY)

UNDERWORLD DROP               XX --> YYYY
BLADE OF THE MIND             XX --> YYYYY


--ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE

PATH OF THE DEMON DRAGONS     PRESS AND HOLD Y + ESSENCE
EIGHT HEAVENLY DRAGONS        PRESS AND HOLD Y + MAX ESSENCE


++DUAL KATANA NOTE:
After Ryu defeats Genshin in Chapter 14, he acquires the Blade of the 
Archfiend. When he equips this weapon, he combines it with the True 
Dragon Sword, which replaces the Dragon Claw & Tiger Fang.


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          __/   / (   | \  | _|  (      |    |  |    _| \__ \
         _|  _|_\\___/ \__/ ___|\___|  _|  ___|____|___|____/
                                                            

--SECONDARY WEAPONS/PROJECTILES

SHURIKEN
WINDMILL SHURIKEN
INCENDIARY SHURIKEN
GATLING GUN
FIEND'S BANE BOW


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            +++   DEAD MAN'S PARTY - MURAMASA RELOADED   +++
            __  _____  ______  ___    __  ______   _____ ___ 
           /  |/  / / / / __ \/   |  /  |/  /   | / ___//   |
          / /|_/ / / / / /_/ / /| | / /|_/ / /| | \__ \/ /| |
         / /  / / /_/ / _, _/ ___ |/ /  / / ___ |___/ / ___ |
        /_/  /_/\____/_/ |_/_/  |_/_/  /_/_/  |_/____/_/  |_|
                                                             

The old man with the ridiculously high-priced items makes a triumphant 
return. Yes, his prices are still high and YES, he is still a goddamned 
money grubbing whore!


++CRYSTAL SKULLS NOTE:
There are NO special prizes to obtain from Muramasa for collecting 
these babies. The Crystal Skulls that are found throughout the game 
don't serve ANY real special purpose except for a couple of Achievement 
Points and a special unlockable.


--HEALTH ITEMS & ENHANCEMENTS

HERBS OF SPIRITUAL LIFE    $3000
GRAINS OF SPIRITUAL LIFE   $5000
DEVIL WAY MUSHROOM         $4000

LIFE OF THE GODS           $700
LIVES OF THE THOUSAND GODS $2000
TALISMAN OF REBIRTH        $30,000
JEWEL OF THE DEMON SEAL    $700

INCENDIARY SHURIKENS       $100
ARROWS                     $50


--WEAPON UPGRADES
All of the weapons that Ryu obtains throughout the game have TWO 
upgrade slots each. The first upgrade will cost you $10,000 Yellow 
Essence and the second upgrade will go for $30,000.

Ryu can immediately upgrade each weapon to MAX status IF he has the 
credit-scratch-paper, know what I mean? If you play your cards right 
and deal massive damage to your enemies, it is absolutely possible to 
have a maxed out Dragon Sword by Chapter 3.


++TALISMAN OF REBIRTH NOTE:
The Talisman Of Rebirth is NOT an automatic item! In order to actually 
use the Talisman, it has to be equipped from the Pause Menu. If the 
Talisman is not equipped, Ryu will NOT be resurrected if he perishes.


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                  +++   KARMA STILL UP YOUR ASS   +++
                      __ __ ___    ____  __  ______ 
                     / //_//   |  / __ \/  |/  /   |
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The Karma score counter is back and this time the rules are different. 
For NG2, the game measures your amount of Karma by the types of things 
you do per battle. Everything from the # of combos, # of UT's, # of 
Obliterations, and # of kills all add up to your score.

In the first Ninja Gaiden, all of the battles had a specific time 
limit. Some time limits were either too short or too long and the 
points you gained were dependent on whether or not you could complete a 
battle before the timer expired. The Karma timer didn't affect the 
battle itself, but the points to be gained were omitted in lieu of 
going past the time limit.


In Ninja Gaiden 2, there is NO Karma timer to go up against, so Ryu can 
inflict as much damage to his enemies without having to worry if he 
still has time left. The points add up like this:

--COMBOS = 100 POINTS PER HIT
--ESSENCE TECHNIQUE = 2000 POINTS
--ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE = 5000 POINTS
--OBLITERATIONS = 3000 POINTS
--KILLING SPREE = 3000 POINTS
--INSTANT KILLS = 3000 POINTS
--ENEMIES KILLED = 1000 POINTS PER ENEMY


The more damage you can inflict UT's and OT's on your enemies, the 
higher your Karma score will be after each encounter. By simply 
defeating your enemies in a stylish manner, you get rewarded 
handsomely. Hey, if you play your cards right, you could literally spam 
your way to a high score! 


On average, a first-time NG2 player can probably reach up to 10-15 
million karma on a first playthrough while an NG veteran can reach 
anywhere up to 20-30 million easily. See where YOU rank!


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            +++   SMOKE DRINK PIMP - KNOWING YOUR ENEMY   +++
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Looks like we got a lot of enemies to kill! Read the strategies below 
for all the tips and tactics for killing these enemies the RIGHT way.


--BLACK SPIDER NINJA - SWORD
--BLACK SPIDER NINJA - ARCHER
--BLACK SPIDER NINJA - CLAWS
--RED SPIDER NINJA - INCENDIARY SHURIKENS
--WHITE SPIDER NINJA
--PHANTOM WARLOCK
These guys are relentless compared to the first Ninja Gaiden game. They 
attack you from all directions and are more lethal once they've had a 
limb chopped off. To kill them off in an expert style, use the 
following techniques:

++STRATEGY #1: UT IN THE FACE
Use constant Reverse Winds to stay evasive and then utilize an On-Land 
Charge. Usually, the OLC will decapitate the weaker ninja which can 
then leave Yellow Essence. Once the Essence is floating around, utilize 
MORE On-Land Charges for lots of sick Ultimate Techniques. Repeat until 
everybody is shish-kabob lunch.

++STRATEGY #2: OT UP THE ASS
If Obliterations is something you want more than the Ultimate 
Technique, then use this combo: X, Y, B, Y (On-Land Charge).
With this move, Ryu will slash the enemy into the air, toss Shurikens 
in mid-air, and then land on the ground for an OLC, which usually hacks 
off a limb. From there, Obliterate them for your sick, twisted 
pleasure.


--MILITARY SOLDIER - GUNS
--MILITARY SOLDIER - ROCKET LAUNCHER
--MILITARY SOLDIER - BALLISTIC MISSILES
These guys are not as frenzied as the ninjas but they do still swarm 
around you. Usually, the soldiers are accompanied by another soldier 
that is launching rockets or missiles at you from a distance. Eliminate 
the soldiers in the same way as the ninjas by taking down the weaker 
threat and then dealing with the main soldiers last.


--INCENDIARY DOGS
These pooches carry Incendiary Shurikens in their mouths and they are 
NOT afraid to shove it up your ass. The fastest way to kill a large 
amount of these mongrels is to use quick On-Land Charges. One or two 
OLC's will kill them instantly and leave Yellow Essence. Absorb the 
Essence for more UT's to kill them off. Once you have a Level 2 Dragon 
Sword, use the Divine Swallow attack.


--PINK VAN GELF
--GREEN VAN GELF
These large, skinny monsters are a bit of a challenge to defeat because 
of their enormous...size. To properly kill these guys with only a few 
combos, Ryu MUST have a Level 3 weapon in his possession. If Ryu has a 
Level 2 weapon or lower, he'll need to perform extra combos even after 
he does an Ultimate Technique, so BE AWARE! Stay evasive and defensive 
from there UFC-style pounces and you should be able to not lose too 
much health in each encounter.

The main strategy to killing these guys is to let them attack Ryu with 
their melee punching combos. From there, Ryu can counter their punches 
(which usually slices off an arm) and then leaves them open for 
Obliteration. After Obliterating one of them, use the leftover Yellow 
Essence for some UT's to the cranium. As crazy as it sounds, you have a 
better chance at slaying these freaks from up close than from afar.


--MUTANT BATS
These monster bats are SUPER dangerous because they swarm around you 
and quickly reduce your health to ZERO in a few seconds. To kill them, 
activate the Wind Blades Ninpo or take your chances with some combos.


--WEREWOLVES
The werewolves have a similar fighting style to the Van Gelf enemies 
(only they don't use fireballs for projectiles, they use dead bodies). 
Most of their attacks involve pouncing on you with hard melee attacks. 
Simply counter them to slice off a limb or use OLC's on them to weaken 
and kill them.


--SILVER GAJA
--RED GAJA
The gorgon-type snakes are more lethal on water than they are on land. 
When battling them on water, you'll need to use lots of hard attacks 
while running on the water. It's not easy to do, but it's the only way 
to do it. When battling them on land, they have some painful slicing 
attacks which can easily be blocked and evaded. The most powerful 
attack to use on them is the Izuna Drop because it is an instant kill. 
Anytime you encounter these things, just Izuna Drop them all!


--LAND MINES
Land mines aren't really an "enemy" per se, but these things can really 
make things difficult. These appear in Chapter 8 only and the only way 
to avoid them is to follow the footprints that are shown on the snow.


--EXPLODING JELLY FISH
These things explode if you get near them when traversing through 
water. Destroy them using the Gatling Gun while underwater.


--GIANT RED FISH
These large fish thingies only appear in Chapter 9 and 14. To kill them 
off, Ryu needs to use the Gatling Gun while in the water to hurt them.


--GHOST FISH!!! AAHHH!!!
Ghost Fish only appear in Chapter 5 (and part of Chapter 6 & 12). Use 
the Kusari-gama or Vigoorian Flails to eliminate a whole bunch of them 
when they attack or use the Gatling Gun when underwater.


--WATER SENTRY
These robot sentries only appear in Chapter 9 and are SUPER easy to 
destroy. Use the Water Run to approach them and then smack a combo on 
them using the Scythe (level 3) to instantly kill them.


--CHAINSAW ZOMBIE
While these guys aren't TOO big of a threat, they can make short work 
of Ryu if he's not quick or evasive enough when battling them. Evade 
their chainsaw or cannonballs and then use an OLC UT to slice off a 
limb. From there, Obliterate the zombie and then repeat the strategy by 
using the OLC with the leftover Essence.


--FOUR-LEGGED SMALL MECH
--GIANT MECH FIEND
These half-robot enemies are a MAJOR pain in the ass. They love to 
shoot lots and lots of bullets and the large mechs love to use knife 
attacks. The best weapon of choice against these 'bots is the Eclipse 
Scythe. A couple of hard mid-air Scythe combos weaken them quickly and 
can leave them open for Obliteration. If they overwhelm you too much, 
shove the Wind Blades Ninpo in their faces to finish them off.


--ACID WORMS
These annoying freaks only appear in Chapter 10 and are quite difficult 
to kill. Since they emerge from the acid lava, it's best to NOT fight 
them from up close. Equip the Incendiary Shurikens and toss them at 
level 2 charge to decrease their health.


--SKULL SPIDERS
--LARGE DUNG BEETLES
These bugs are bit tougher to kill than they look. To kill off a whole 
bunch of them, use any weapon (preferably the Scythe or Kusari-gama) 
and slice a few of them and then use the leftover Essence to shove some 
UT's in their faces.


--BLACK WIDOWS
These robot spider-women only appear in Chapters 13 & 14 and are easy 
to kill with some hard combos, but it'll take some fast evasion to 
avoid their sharp attacks. Use hard combos to weaken them (they explode 
when weakened but they still keep moving). From there, you can use an 
Obliteration on them. Another good strategy is to jump in between a 
whole gang of them and then activate a Wind Blades Ninpo to weaken them 
all. And then you can start Obliterating them without using combos.


--SWEDISH MEATBALL PUDDING PIE
This giant red Pokemon dragon only appears in Chapter 12. They breathe 
fire, chomp on you, and they roll around. Simply use the On-Land Charge 
UT to weaken them and then use hard combos. STUPID ENEMY!


--CENTAURS
These horse dudes are very similar to the Samurai Horsemen that 
appeared in the first Ninja Gaiden game. They are most lethal when you 
approach them head on, so instead of running around trying to attack 
them, STAY IMMOBILE! Stand near a wall and let them come to you. Block 
their attack and then strike them as they turn around. EASY!



+++ZOMBIE ENEMY NOTE:
In Chapters 12-13, Ryu will encounter zombified versions of the enemies 
encountered in the game. The Black Spider Ninjas, Incendiary dogs, 
Rasetsu, and the Van Gelf will appear in zombified form, but are no 
different to defeat than before.


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      +++   PRIVATE PARTY IN YOUR PANTS - THE TEST OF VALOR   +++
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When Ryu reaches the Castle Gates of the Hayabusa Village in Chapter 2, 
he will be overwhelmed by a non-stop horde of ninjas. Once he 
eliminates a whole gaggle of them, an item called the ROD OF TRIALS 
will be unlocked.

This item will enable Ryu to participate in Fiend Challenges called the 
Test Of Valor. From Chapter 3 up to Chapter 11, there will be glowing 
portals in each level that Ryu can access which teleports him to a 
battle arena with over 100+ enemies.

The main point of the Test Of Valor is to defeat all the enemies to win 
a prize. Usually the prize that is won is a health enhancement item 
like a LIVES OF THE THOUSAND GODS or TALISMAN OF REBIRTH. If you are up 
for the tough challenge, then do it before the end of the chapter. My 
tip for the Tests Of Valor? 


                    SEEK AND DESTROY EVERYTHING!!!


--CHAPTER 3: ONE OF WHITE
--CHAPTER 4: TWO OF BLACK
--CHAPTER 5: THREE OF GREEN
--CHAPTER 6: FOUR OF BLUE
--CHAPTER 7: FIVE OF YELLOW
--CHAPTER 8: SIX OF WHITE
--CHAPTER 9: SEVEN OF RED
--CHAPTER 10: EIGHT OF WHITE
--CHAPTER 11: NINE OF VIOLET

After completing the test, Ryu's health and Ninpo will be fully 
replenished when he teleports back. SWEET!


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      +++   ZAPPING THE INTESTINES - ADVANCED TIPS & TACTICS   +++
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--BUTTON MASHING IS FOR NOOBS
It takes a LITTLE BIT of skill to complete Ninja Gaiden 2. Even after 
you complete the game, there are still MANY things you can learn. But 
if you think for ONE second that you can just press any of the buttons 
like a 10-year old noob and hope you'll beat the game...YOU ARE PLAYING 
THE WRONG GAME.


--ALWAYS BLOCK!!!!!!!!!!!
Why doesn't anyone ever do this? The main tactic in surviving battles 
is to BLOCK while being evasive. Defense is the best offense and you 
NEED to learn it! Trust me, it is very possible to complete every 
chapter without ever losing as much health than you need to. BLOCK, 
GODDAMMIT, BLOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


--U.T. NOT O.T.
As stylish as Obliterations look, they don't always come in handy in a 
tight spot against numerous enemies. Stick with using Ultimate 
Techniques for all the battles and only use Obliterations when it is 
safe to do so. If you spend all your time only trying to do OT's, be 
prepared for a world of hurt, my friend.


--USE ESSENCE WISELY
Do not just absorb the different-colored Essence because it looks 
pretty! The main purpose of Essence is to use it for Ultimate 
Techniques. Use the floating Essence during battle for Ultimate 
Techniques for an upper advantage in combat. Only absorb it if you need 
the health or money or Ninpo, otherwise, use it for combat!


--BE DEFENSIVE BUT EVASIVE
NEVER enter a new area without being defensive! When enemies are 
rushing at you, keep dashing until the moment is right to strike. If 
you enter a room thinking you can just hack-and-slash your way to the 
next battle, then expect a giant cattle prod up your stupid ass.


--UTILIZE THE ON-LAND CHARGE (also known as OLC)
All Ninja Gaiden experts have been using this move since the first Xbox 
game and there is no reason you should ignore it! When Ryu charges for 
an Ultimate Technique, he leaves himself vulnerable for a few seconds 
(which is not a good thing). To speed up the UT charge, jump and then 
press the Y BUTTON just as Ryu's feet touch the ground and he will 
automatically charge for a UT (if there is Essence floating around). 
Use this instead of manually charging to get through battles quicker.


--LEARN THE COUNTERATTACK
Sometimes Blocking an attack just doesn't cut it. If you stay immobile 
while blocking, an enemy can approach you and then grab you for a quick 
attack. Avoid all this by dashing when Blocking. Also, when an enemy 
attacks you while you are Blocking, press the attack button to initiate 
a counter attack. The timing takes some practice but it is your second 
best line of offense and can clear your way for a UT or OT.


--ELIMINATE THE WEAKER THREAT FIRST!
As you battle enemies, you'll be focused on the enemy in front of you. 
But what you need to notice is that there tends to be another enemy 
that is NOT fighting you and is flinging projectiles or Fireballs at 
you from a far distance (to distract you). That is the WEAKER enemy and 
you should eliminate him FIRST so that you don't get distracted. 
Remember, STRATEGY FIRST and brawns second!


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The walkthrough below is for Path of the Warrior (not the pansy Acolyte 
difficulty). Are you ready for the onslaught of pain that the game will 
hand you? GOOD! Let's get this bloodbath party bangin', dude bro! 


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                 +++   CHAPTER 1: SKY CITY TOKYO   +++
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++AREA: MURAMASA'S SHOP

--OBJECTIVE: FIND SONIA

Welcome to Sky Tokyo City! Get ready because as soon as the cutscene 
ends, it's BATTLE TIME! A gang of Ninjas will appear, so get into a 
defensive stance! Kill off the nearest enemies and then use the Essence 
they leave for Ultimate Techniques on the rest of the baddies. Do NOT 
attempt to try and use Obliteration Techniques just yet!

Once all the baddies are dead, enter the shop to trigger a cutscene 
with the money-grubbing whore. Once that's all done and refined, make a 
180-degree turn and go around the corner to find the Save Statue.


SAVE GAME


++AREA: OUTER SANCTUM

Now make your way past Muramasa's Shop (on the other side) to encounter 
some more baddie ninjas. Use the walls to your advantage and stay 
evasive! Eliminate all the honkies and then continue towards the large 
doorway on the other end. Open the nearby chest and then kick down the 
door to the next area.


++AREA: INNER SANCTUM HALLWAY

Some more honked-up ninjas will appear in the hallway, so start using 
the walls for downward strikes. Stick with using UT's to kill all the 
baddies faster. Once that's done, open the nearby chest and continue 
down to the adjacent hallway.

Do NOT wall-run across the open floorway yet! Allow the ninjas to jump 
towards you while you prepare for some bloodshed. Eliminate them all 
with some style by using a pre-charged On-Land Charge to show those 
floozies how it's done, expert style! Now use a wall-run across the 
floorway and go around the corner.


++AREA: SANCTUM SHRINE

--OBJECTIVE: MASTER THE ART OF THE INFERNO

Eliminate some more ninjas in this small room. After that's done, open 
the chest to find the Art Of The Inferno Scroll. 


--CRYSTAL SKULL #1
Before jumping down to the area below, look across the ledge to see a 
Crystal Skull sitting by itself on an adjacent roof. Jump over to it 
and then grab it! Now jump down to the bottom.


++AREA: LOWER SANCTUM

Fire up the Inferno Ninpo and unleash it to gain some Achievement 
Points. Smack up the rest of the baddies and then enter the next area 
to find some chests. Open them up and then go up the stairs the next 
area. Guess who shows up? MORE NINJAS! A new enemy is introduced here:


--NEW ENEMY: PHANTOM WARLOCK
This guy is a variation of the Warlock from the first game. He can 
create a fire pit underneath Ryu that explodes if he doesn't move away 
quick enough and can fling fireballs. When up close, he disappears and 
then reappears and attempts to smack you with his gay weapon.


--ITEM: LIVES OF THE THOUSAND GODS

When you enter the area, immediately approach the Warlock and eliminate 
him first! If you ignore him, he'll keep blasting and distracting you, 
so get him! Once he's dead, eliminate the rest of the baddies and open 
the nearby chest for your first health enhancement.


++AREA: ENGINE ROOM

As soon as you kick down the door, get into a defensive stance as the 
enemies start running towards you. Eliminate them all and then use a 
wall-run to the next catwalk. Go up the stairs and use a pre-charged 
OLC on the enemies rushing towards you. One UT should kill them all. 


--OBJECTIVE: MASTER THE OBLITERATION TECHNIQUE

Approach the dead body to retrieve the OBLITERATION TECHNIQUE Scroll. 
From there, move forward to encounter a gang of ninjas missing some 
arms. Approach them and quickly use the Obliteration on them to clear 
the area. Once that's done, go around the corner to find a SAVE STATUE.


SAVE GAME


From here, grab the FLYING BIRD TECHNIQUE Scroll from the dead body and 
use the technique to reach the top of the chasm to the next area.


++AREA: CHERRY BLOSSOM GARDEN

As soon as Ryu jumps out of the chasm, a set on ninjas will be waiting 
for you. Eliminate the Warlocks first and then use their leftover 
Essence for lots of sick UT's to the face.


--ITEM: LIFE OF THE GODS

When the area is clear, DO NOT cross the bridge yet! Jump down to the 
river and make a right turn to the waterfall area where more ninjas 
show up. Eliminate the ninjas to clear the area and then go to the 
balcony ledge just near the edge of the waterfall to find a chest with 
a LOTG! Now go back to towards the mini-bridge

Continue past the mini-bridge for more baddies. Eliminate them with 
ease and then continue past the garden to a stairway going down. Before 
you go around the corner to the next area, jump down to the water below 
and go to the end of the moat to find a little boat with a chest. Grab 
the goodies and continue the objective.



++AREA: CHERRY BLOSSOM STAIRWAY

--CRYSTAL SKULL #2
The archers are an annoyance but there IS a way to kill them. Try to 
block all of the fire arrows as much as you can while killing the 
enemies in front of you first. From there, move next to the cherry 
blossom tree and do a Bird Flip to reach a small roof ledge.

From there, run up to the archers and take them down. See that Crystal 
Skull there? GRAB IT! Now jump down to the bottom.


--ITEM: LIFE OF THE GODS

Once that's done, make your way down the catwalks and jump down to the 
lower catwalks. Go all the way to the end of the catwalk to find a 
chest with a Life OTG! YEAH! 


As soon as you grab the item, enemies will run up behind you to ambush 
you, so start the slicing action! Eliminate them with stylish UT's and 
then go back and climb the ladder back to the top catwalk. Eliminate 
some more ninjas that approach you and then jump and swing past the 
gaps to the other side. Go to the end to find a SAVE STATUE.



SAVE GAME


++AREA: ROOFTOP BALCONY

--OBJECTIVE: MASTER THE FLYING SWALLOW TECHNIQUE
--OBJECTIVE: OBTAIN THE LUNAR WEAPON

Now take the ladder to the top and make a right turn to find a chest 
with a goodie. Now go the other way and approach the dead body to find 
the FLYING SWALLOW TECHNIQUE Scroll. Work your way to the rooftop 
balcony to encounter a large gaggle of stinkwads. Remember to eliminate 
the weaker threat first! Focus on killing the Warlocks first and then 
focus on the other flimsy ninjas until everyone is dead and gone. All 
it takes is some Ultimate Techniques to get the job done.

After all the stinkwads are gone, enter the newly opened doorway. 
Approach the gold statue to find a familiar weapon: the LUNAR. Equip 
the Lunar and test out its mettle with a few combos. You'll notice that 
the weapon has a long range (that's what she said) and knack for quick 
combos. 


After all that giddy fun, grab the other goodies from the chest and use 
the SAVE STATUE to Save your game.


SAVE GAME


++AREA: CHERRY BLOSSOM BRIDGE

--OBJECTIVE: FIND THE ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE SCROLL

Make your way downstairs and approach the dead body to find a new item: 
the ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE Scroll. Follow the directions indicated to 
perform the UT. Now approach the bridge and start flaunting your uber-
hot Lunar skills.

Even though the Lunar has long range attacks, sometimes it isn't easy 
to get as much combos as needed. Block an enemy's attack and then 
quickly use a counterattack to push them back. From there, begin 
another combo to finish off the enemy. Try not to button mash with this 
weapon or you'll only get creamed in the face (that's what she said).

When the area is cleared, approach the dead body on the other side of 
the bridge to find NOTEBOOK: OBLITERATION TECHNIQUE. From there, enter 
the house to find another dead body with the TECHNIQUE OF ULTIMATE 
GUIDANCE. 


++AREA: INNER GUEST HOUSE

--OBJECTIVE: FIND THE SECRET ROOM
--OBJECTIVE: MASTER THE TECHNIQUE OF ULTIMATE GUIDANCE

Enter the next house and then make a right turn to see a scroll on the 
wall. Slice it down to find a secret room with a chest and some pots. 
Grab the goodies and then exit outside to encounter some more ninjas.

Exit the house and start using On-Land Charges on the ninjas that 
appear. Clear the area with ease and then go back into the house. See 
that chest? Open it up to release some Yellow Essence but DO NOT absorb 
it!

Instead, move towards the paper wall and two more ninjas will jump out 
from behind. Use a UT on both of them to clear the room and then exit 
from the house at the other end to find two MORE ninjas.

Eliminate them both to trigger the opening of Muramasa's Statue. 
Approach the statue and use the BLACKSMITH option to level up either 
the Dragon Sword or the Lunar to Level 2. Stock up on any health items 
and then continue the mission by jumping down the nearby well.


++AREA: WELL OF BATS

Jump down the well and eliminate the big bats with Shurikens. Now exit 
the well by kicking own the door to a series of metal catwalks


++AREA: UPPER METAL CATWALKS

--OBJECTIVE: MASTER THE SHADOWLESS FOOTSTEPS TECHNIQUE

Traverse the catwalks and approach the dead body to find the NOTEBOOK: 
SHADOWLESS FOOTSTEPS item. From there, two more baddies will approach 
you, so kill them off!

Jump down to the lower catwalk to find a chest with a goodie inside. 
Now go back up and use a Wall Run on the large wall to the next 
catwalk. There's another chest all the way at the other end, so grab 
that item if you want to.

From here, it looks like you're stuck! Nope, approach the catwalk that 
looks flimsy and you'll see the bars are broken. Use that open gap to 
jump all the way down to the next area.


++AREA: SKY CITY WALKWAY

After you land on the walkway, traverse all the way down until some 
baddies show up. Keep your defense up and remember to keep the 
Obliterations to a minimum (or else you'll get smacked around). Kill 
all the flunkies in this lengthy battle to clear the walkway and then 
go all the way to the end to trigger a cutscene.


++AREA: SKY CITY OFFICE BUILDING

--OBJECTIVE: FIND THE CRACKED CARD KEY

On the next couple of floors, Ryu will be overwhelmed with loads and 
loads of ninja baddies. Kill off the first wave of baddies that appear 
to activate the nearby SAVE STATUE.


SAVE GAME


Enter the next room and some more ninjas will show up. Again, stay 
defensive and shove lots of UT's in their faces. After that's done, 
approach the set of stairs and make your way DOWN to find a lone chest 
with a goodie.

Now make your way up the stairs to the next floor and eliminate the 
next set of baddies that appear. Once the area is cleared, continue all 
the way to the top of the stairs to find a lone chest with the CRACKED 
CARD KEY. Use it on the white door on the previous floor (near the 
elevator doors) to enter a small maintenance room.



++AREA: MAINTENANCE ROOM

Approach the dead body to find the NOTEBOOK: FLYING BIRD item. From 
there, climb the ladder to the top and enter the shaft to the elevator 
roof. Use a Flying Bird Flip to the very top.


++AREA: BAMBOO ROOM

As soon as you land here, charge up for a UT and start unleashing some 
hellfire on the ninja turd burglars. When the room is cleared, go to 
the other side of the room to find a chest and Muramasa's Statue. Open 
the chest for a goodie and then stock up on items if you need to.

If you haven't upgraded your weapons to Level 2 yet, now would be the 
best time to do it. It'll make the upcoming boss battle much easier. 
Now go to the other side of the Bamboo Room to find a SAVE STATUE. I 
suggest that you ignore the statue for now and go up the stairs.

One more wave of baddies will show up, so start the slicing and dicing! 
Finish them off in style and then go back down and use the SAVE STATUE.


SAVE GAME


When you're ready, go upstairs and open the double doors for your first 
boss battle!


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                   +++   BOSS BATTLE: RASETSU   +++
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          | _ )/ _ \/ __/ __| | _ ) /_\_   _|_   _| |  | __|
          | _ \ (_) \__ \__ \ | _ \/ _ \| |   | | | |__| _| 
          |___/\___/|___/___/ |___/_/ \_\_|   |_| |____|___|


++NOTE: For those of you that played Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword on the 
Nintendo DS (aside from those asshole NGDS cheaters), this boss is the 
REAL full version of the tarantula boss from NGDS.


Rasetsu is one aggressive semi-boss (but still a pansy compared to 
Murai from the first game), so you need to be quick on your feet. He 
uses a couple of moves in his arsenal:

--WIND BLADES
--SPIDER POUNCE
--SPIDER GRAB

Defeating this boss is as easy as Swedish Meatball Pudding Pie. For the 
battle, simply keep a far distance from Rasetsu and charge up for a UT. 
You should have enough time to unleash a bunch of Ultimate Techniques 
in his fat face without too much trouble. Simply repeat the tactic 
above and then use an Obliteration Technique on him when he's down for 
the count to end the battle. 

AVOID trying to use up-close combos on him because he can just grab you 
in mid-combo and then smack you around. Stick with the Ultimate 
Technique strategy and the battle will be over in less than 30 seconds. 
No Ninpo used, no health wasted. Simple, right? If you die more than 
three times in this battle even after using the tactic above, then I 
don't know what to tell you except QUIT. Once the battle is over, the 
mission is complete.


Copy and paste the URL below to see how to defeat Rasetsu in under 25 
seconds using only one attack:

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/usermovies/225912.html


MISSION COMPLETE!


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