NINJA GAIDEN SIGMA II
THE AWESOME ARTERY AUGER - FULL PS3 FAQ/WALKTHROUGH
Authored by VampireHorde




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LATEST UPDATE: 
--Added a brand new strategy for the Genshin battle
--Added TWO HD videos of Genshin and Rasetsu battles in Chapter 2 for 
Path of The Mentor
--Added more XBOX TO PS3 info


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What it do, party peoples? This is my first FAQ of 2009 and it is for 
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2. I'm sure all of you know that Sigma 2 is just a 
PS3 version of Ninja Gaiden 2 from the 360, but does it really matter?

While the gameplay is essentially the same, a few changes were made to 
make the game less frustrating but still difficult at the same time.

The walkthrough below will chronicle all of Story Mode. In later 
updates, I will have HD video links and the full Trophy list, so in the 
meantime...


GET IT ON!!!


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           +++   EDGE OF CHAOS - THE GAMEPLAY ASPECTS   +++
              ________   __  __________  __   _____  __
             / ___/ _ | /  |/  / __/ _ \/ /  / _ \ \/ /
            / (_ / __ |/ /|_/ / _// ___/ /__/ __ |\  / 
            \___/_/ |_/_/  /_/___/_/  /____/_/ |_|/_/  
                                                       

[] BUTTON: REGULAR ATTACK
/\ BUTTON: HARD ATTACK/HOLD FOR UT/OBLITERATION TECHNIQUE
X BUTTON: JUMP/ACTION BUTTON/HOLD TO DIVE UNDERWATER
O BUTTON: SECONDARY WEAPON/PROJECTILE

START BUTTON:  MENU SCREEN
SELECT BUTTON: OPTIONS MENU

L1 BUTTON: BLOCK BUTTON 
L2 BUTTON: AIM WEAPON
R1 BUTTON: RE-CENTER CAMERA/HOLD TO SHOW NEXT ROUTE
R2 BUTTON: TARGET RETICLE
 
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
NINPO:      /\ + O 
COUNTERATTACK: PRESS [] OR /\ WHILE BLOCKING
REVERSE WIND: MOVE ANALOG STICK IN ANY DIRECTION WHILE BLOCKING


--THE CHIBURI 
After Ryu kills all the baddies in any 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. The Chiburi signifies that an area is 
safe and that the battle is complete for that particular area.


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


--THE OBLITERATION TECHNIQUE
Ryu MUST kill every single enemy that he encounters or else they will 
pursue him. To avoid all this nonsense, approach an enemy that has been 
sliced apart and press the /\ BUTTON near them to finish them off. 


--INFINITE PROJECTILES
All projectiles in the game are INFINITE! That's right, no more need to 
restock. But there is a certain catch! Ryu CANNOT use charged 
projectiles like in the Xbox 360 version!


--THE WATER RUN
Ryu can run on water (hey, he's a Master Ninja, bitch) by tapping the X 
BUTTON as soon as his feet touch the surface of the water. If he falls 
into the water, simply tap the X BUTTON to get back up.


--MANUAL SAVE
In order to make a Manual Save, Save your game at the Save Statue first, 
and then press the SELECT BUTTON to bring up the OPTIONS menu and choose 
QUIT GAME. From there, you can make a Manual Save at the closest Save 
Statue and restart from that point at any time.


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        +++   TWO-ON-ONE AIRTIGHT! - RYU'S ARMORY RELOADED   +++
             _ \  ____| |      _ \    \    __ \  ____| __ \ 
            |   | __|   |     |   |  _ \   |   | __|   |   |
            __ <  |     |     |   | ___ \  |   | |     |   |
           _| \_\_____|_____|\___/_/    _\____/ _____|____/ 
                                                         

Wanna know all the combos to each weapon? 


--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   ===
     _ \  _ \   \   __|  _ \   \ |    __|\ \      / _ \  _ \ _ \ 
     |  |   /  _ \ (_ | (   | .  |  \__ \ \ \ \  / (   |   / |  |
    ___/ _|_\_/  _\___|\___/ _|\_|  ____/  \_/\_/ \___/ _|_\___/ 
                                                                

--DEFAULT COMBOS

PIERCING DRAGON'S FANG [][][][][]
TIGER ROAR             [][]/\
SEAL OF TEN            [][] --> [][]
THREE LIGHTS           [][] --> []/\
BLADE OF EMPTY AIR     []/\[]
WHIRLWIND IN THE EMPTY SKY   []/\[][]
TRIPLE WHIRLWIND IN THE SKY  []/\[][][]
BLADE OF NIRRTI        []/\[][][][]
IZUNA DROP             []/\[][][]/\
SCARLET DRAGON         [], PRESS AND HOLD /\
WINDMILL SLASH         --> []
VIOLENT WIND           --> [][] --> []
PIERCING WIND          --> [][] --> /\
CRIMSON TEMPEST        /\/\
HAZE STRAIGHT SLASH    PRESS AND HOLD /\
AZURE DRAGON           --> /\
SCARLET DRAGON         --> PRESS AND HOLD /\


--LEVEL 2 COMBOS

FANG OF THE WOLF       [][]/\/\
IKARUGA                [][]/\ --> /\
WRATH OF IZANAGI       [][] --> []/\/\
VIOLENT GALE           --> [][] --> [][]
DRAGON OF HEAVEN       --> [][] --> /\/\ --> /\
DRAGON OF EARTH        --> [][] --> /\/\ --> PRES AND HOLD /\
UNDEFEATABLE DEMON     /\/\/\
FLYING CRANE           ROTATE 360, /\


--LEVEL 3 COMBOS

DRAGON TEAR            [][][] --> []
FORTUITOUS PHOENIX     [][]/\/\/\/\
GLEAMING BLADE         ROTATE 360, PRESS AND HOLD /\


--LEVEL 4 COMBOS

STEEL SPLITTER                [][][]/\
CLOUD DRAGON FLYING SWALLOW   [], PRESS AND HOLD /\, /\/\/\


--ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE

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


+++IZUNA DROP NOTE:
Ryu no longer needs to upgrade his weapon to level 2 to use the Izuna 
Drop attack. The Izuna Drop is now a level 1 move.


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

The Lunar is a perfect alternate weapon when fighting bigger enemies in 
Story Mode. For example, a level 2 Lunar is much more effective against 
the Van Gelf and Werewolves. Mastering the Lunar isn't easy but after 
it's been upgraded to the MAX, it is a total bloody good time!


--DEFAULT COMBOS

DRAGON'S FANG SPIN   [][][][]
GLEAMING SHADOW      [][]/\
INFINITY THRUST      [] --> [][]
BOLTED GATE          --> [][]
FIERCE LION          /\
REMNANT BLOSSOMS     PRESS AND HOLD /\
WANING MOON          --> /\


--LEVEL 2 COMBOS

DRAGON TALON SPIN    [][][]/\
YIN-YANG THRUST      [] --> [][][]
ABSOLUTE DARKNESS    [] --> []/\[]
IZUNA DROP           [] --> []/\[]/\
SUN AND MOON         [] --> []/\/\
CHARGING LION        --> [][][]
FIRST WIND           --> /\/\[]
MOONLIT SHADOW       --> /\/\/\
WANING EVIL          ROTATE 360, PRESS AND HOLD /\


--LEVEL 3 COMBOS

AMITABHA THRUST      [] --> [][][][]
WILD SPIN            [] --> /\
DANCE OF DEATH       [] --> /\[]
WILD DOG             [] --> /\[][][]
MOLTEN ROCK          []/\[][][]
STRANGE SOUL         []/\/\/\/\
BLADED SPIDER        /\/\/\ --> /\/\/\/\/\
DESTRUCTION SPIN     ROTATE 360, /\


--ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE

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


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

--DEFAULT COMBOS

PIERCING MOON        [][][][][]
SHADOW BANISHER      [][][][], [] (HOLD BUTTON)
MIST SLASH           [][][][][]/\
CORPSE SWEEP         [][]/\
DEMON'S JAW          []/\/\
ROUND HAZE           --> [][][]
FLYING HEADS         /\/\
SERPENT'S CURSE      PRESS AND HOLD /\
SOUL IMPALE          --> /\
HUNTED CHIMERA       --> /\/\


--LEVEL 2 COMBOS

DEATH'S GATE         [][][] --> [][][]
DEMON PROCESSION     [][][][]/\/\/\
DEATH'S CHARIOT      [][][]/\
REVERSED WATERFALL   --> []/\/\/\/\/\
CRIES OF ARES        /\/\/\
GRAVEYARD SPIN       ROTATE 360, /\


--LEVEL 3 COMBOS

DEATH'S PILLAR       [][][] --> [][]/\
RIVER STYX DROP      [][][] --> [][], /\ (HOLD BUTTON)
REVERSED TSUNAMI     --> [][][][][]


--ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE

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


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

--DEFAULT COMBOS

LION'S ROAR                      [][][][][]
PANTHER TAIL KICK                [][][] --> [][][]
TIGER'S CRUSHING JAW             [][] --> []
FLYING TIGER'S CLAW              []/\[]
WHITE TIGER FLURRY               --> [][][]
WHITE TIGER GOUGE                --> [][][]/\
BARED LION'S FANG                --> [][][], /\ (HOLD BUTTON)
BEAR STRIKE                      /\/\
FURIOUS TIGER CLAW               /\/\ --> /\
KING OF BEASTS                   PRESS AND HOLD /\
THUNDEROUS EARTH                 --> /\


--LEVEL 2 COMBOS

HEAVENY WOLF                     [][][]/\/\/\/\
RAVENOUS THROW                   [][][], PRESS AND HOLD /\ (HOLD BUTTON)
RUNNING FLAME                    [][]/\/\
VERMILION BIRD STRIKE            [][] --> /\/\/\
PIERCING WOLF'S FANG             []/\/\/\
THUNDEROUS LION'S ROAR           --> [][][][][][]
CHARGING BOAR                    /\/\/\
FURIOUS TIGER KICK               /\/\ --> /\/\
CRY OF THE PHOENIX               --> /\/\


--LEVEL 3 COMBOS

CRUSHING VERMILION BIRD STRIKE   [][] --> [][][][][][]
IZUNA DROP                       [][] --> [][][][][]/\
WINGS OF THE PHANTOM ROC         [][] --> [][]/\/\
WINGS OF THE VERMILION BIRD      [][] --> []/\/\/\/\


--ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE

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


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                          ===   TONFA   ===
                       __ __| _ \   \ | __| \  
                          |  (   | .  | _| _ \ 
                         _| \___/ _|\_|_|_/  _\
                                               

--DEFAULT COMBOS

GREAT EDGE                      [][][][][]
IVORY FLOWER                    [][][]/\[]
BLOOMING IRIS                   [][] --> [][]
CYPRESS COLUMN                  [][] --> []/\
CRADLED MOON                    []/\
CRIMSON EDGE                    [], PRESS AND HOLD /\, /\
DEMONS' STAVES                  --> []
DEMON DEVOURER                  --> []/\/\
IRON WHEEL                      /\/\
VERMILION FAN                   PRESS AND HOLD /\
FLEETING BLOSSOMS               --> /\/\


--LEVEL 2 COMBOS

FALLING PETALS FLOWING WATER   [][][]/\[][][][]
IZUNA DROP                     [][][]/\[][][]/\
FLUTTERING PEACOCK             [][] --> /\
FLOWER GARLAND DROP            [][] --> []/\
DEMONS' DIAMONDS               --> [][]
STORM OF THE FOUR WINDS        /\/\/\
OVERLAPPING STORMS             ROTATE 360, /\


--LEVEL 3 COMBOS

ONE THOUSAND BLOSSOMS          [][]/\/\/\
DEMON TEARS KICK               --> [][][][][]


--ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE

SPRING WIND                    PRESS AND HOLD /\ + ESSENCE
UNCONTROLLABLE BLOOM           PRESS AND HOLD /\ + MAX ESSENCE


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

--DEFAULT COMBOS

FACE STRIKE            [][][][][]
SKULL SHATTERER        [][]/\/\
HUNTING HEAVENS        []/\
ONE HUNDRED FEET       --> [][]
SPIRAL ATTACK          /\/\
STORM OF SIX FLOWERS   PRESS AND HOLD /\
SWEEPING CLOUDS        --> /\
FLOWING SPIN           ROTATE 360, /\


--LEVEL 2 COMBOS

GREAT SWEEP          [][][][]/\
EAR SLICER           [][][]/\/\/\
SERPENT SWING        [][][]/\/\ --> /\
MIDNIGHT BLADE       [][][] --> []
SHRIKE DROP          [][][] --> [] (HOLD BUTTON)
FLYING VINE          [][] --> /\
DEMON CUTTER         [][] --> /\ (HOLD BUTTON)
FALLING SNOW         []/\/\[]
TEMPLE BELL DROP     []/\/\/\/\
ONE HUNDRED FLAMES   []/\/\[][]
FLYING VINE          [], PRESS AND HOLD /\
FUJI DROP            --> [][][][][]
THUNDEROUS SPARROW   --> [][][][]/\
REVERSE GREAT SPIN   /\/\/\/\/\
DANCING MAPLE        --> /\/\/\[]
GIANT BELL DROP      --> /\/\/\/\
RAGING WIND          ROTATE 360, /\/\


--LEVEL 3 COMBOS

RAGING STAR          [][][]/\/\/\/\/\
IMMENSE STRATEGY     /\/\/\/\/\/\
FURIOUS WHIRLWIND    ROTATE 360, /\/\/\
MIDNIGHT BLADE       ROTATE 360, /\/\[]


--ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE

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


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

--DEFAULT COMBOS

DRAGON AND PHOENIX      [][][][][][]
FIRE PIT                [][]/\
LOOMING FOG             []/\[]
GRASPING THE MOON       []/\/\
FLOWING WAVES           --> [][]
HORN OF THE CHIMERA     --> [][]/\
FLAME WHEEL             /\/\
ERUPTING FLAME          --> /\
NINE HEAVENS            ROTATE 360, /\


--LEVEL 2 COMBOS

DRAGON SLAUGHTER        [][][] --> [][][][][][]
OPENED PATH             [][][][][]/\
WANDERING DESTRUCTION   [][][][]/\
PALE LIGHT              [][][]/\
FOE DESTROYER           [][]/\/\
FURIOUS STRIKE          []/\[][][][]
IZUNA DROP              []/\[][][]/\
INSANE RAVEN            []/\/\/\
INSANE DEVIL            --> [][][][][]
INTERRUPTED RIVER       --> [][][]/\
SHINING HEAVENS         /\/\/\


--LEVEL 3 COMBOS

FURIOUS STRIKE          [][][] --> [][][][][]/\[][][]
IZUNA DROP              [][][] --> [][][][][]/\[][]/\
PIERCING MOUNTAIN       [][][] --> [][][][][]/\/\/\/\/\/\
RISING SERPENT          --> /\/\


--ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE

GOLDEN DRAGON          PRESS AND HOLD /\ + ESSENCE
DANCING PHOENIX        PRESS AND HOLD /\ + MAX ESSENCE**

**UT NOTE: TAP THE /\ BUTTON REPEATEDLY FOR ADDITIONAL STRIKES


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

--DEFAULT COMBOS

FALLING FLOWERS                [][][][][]
MAHAYANA BLADE                 [][][]/\/\
DOUBLE LIGHTNING STRIKE        [][] --> [][]
FALLING DRAGON                 [][][] --> []
DOUBLE ZHONG KUI SLASH         []/\[]
FIRE DRAGON SPINNING DESCENT   []/\/\
PURGATORY SLASH                [], PRESS AND HOLD /\
TWIN CONTINUOUS SLASH          --> [][]
FLYING DRAGON                  --> []/\
SWOOPING DRAGON FANG           /\/\/\/\
ROLLING HAZE SLASH             PRESS AND HOLD /\
RISING EARTH BLADE             --> /\
PURGATORY SLASH                --> PRESS AND HOLD /\


--LEVEL 2 COMBOS

BLADE OF NIRVANA              [][][][]/\
BLADE OF DHARMA'S WAY         []/\/\/\
LIGHTNING PIERCE              [][] --> [][][]
KING SLAYER                   [][] --> /\
MIGHTY ZHONG KUI              []/\[][][][]
ZHONG KUI IZUNA               []/\[][][]/\
ZHONG KUI HEAVENLY SPARROW    []/\[][][], /\ (BUTTON DELAY)
FALLING ZHONG KUI             []/\[][]/\
WIND AND CLOUDS               [], PRESS AND HOLD /\, /\
TWIN CROSS CUT                --> [][][]
DESCENDING DRAGON             --> []/\/\
RISE TO HEAVEN                ROTATE 360, /\


--LEVEL 3 COMBOS

PENETRATING LIGHTNING         [][] --> [][][]
BLADED WIND                   [][] --> []/\
EMPEROR SLAYER                [][] --> /\/\
SPINNING ZHONG KUI            []/\[][][][]/\
ZHONG KUI WHIRLWIND           []/\[][]/\/\
SPINNING FIRE DRAGON          []/\/\/\
DIVINE BLADE                  [], PRESS AND HOLD /\, /\/\
GREAT CHASM                   /\/\, --> /\


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

UNDERWORLD DROP               [][] --> /\/\/\/\
BLADE OF THE MIND             [][] --> /\/\/\/\/\


--ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE

PATH OF THE DEMON DRAGONS     PRESS AND HOLD /\ + ESSENCE
EIGHT HEAVENLY DRAGONS        PRESS AND HOLD /\ + 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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                          ===   ENMA FANG   ===
               __|  \ |  \  |   \     __| \    \ |  __|
               _|  .  | |\/ |  _ \    _| _ \  .  | (_ |
              ___|_|\_|_|  _|_/  _\  _|_/  _\_|\_|\___|
                                                       

The Enma Fang is the bastard brother of the Dabilahro weapon from the 
first Sigma game. Bigger in size and faster in girth, the Fang is more 
effective at killing ALL enemies than the Scythe and even more so than 
the Dragon Sword. Once the Fang is upgraded to level 3, all enemies are 
nothing but mincemeat to the slaughter.


--DEFAULT COMBOS

SHATTERING CRUCIBLE     [][][][][]
BRONCO SMASH            /\/\
KARMA CUT               [][]/\
NIRVANA VERSE           [][][]/\
ROARING THUNDER         []/\/\
HADES DROP              []/\[][][]
IZUNA DROP              []/\[][]/\
STONE GRINDER           --> []
RASHOMON                PRESS AND HOLD /\
SKULLPLANER             --> /\
AROUND THE SIX REALMS   ROTATE 360, /\


--LEVEL 2 COMBOS

WAILING DEMON CUT       /\/\/\
THUNDER SLICE           [][][][]/\
DEEP RED                --> [][]
DEATH'S SHADOW          [][] --> []
REVERSE TWIST           [][] --> [][]


--LEVEL 3 COMBOS

WHIRLWIND SLASH         [][]/\/\
BROKEN REINCARNATION    [][][][][]/\
FIREBALL                --> [][][]
CONFLAGRANCE            /\/\ --> /\
TIMBERSWORD             /\/\ --> /\/\


--ULTIMATE TECHNIQUE

CRIMSON HELLFIRE        PRESS AND HOLD /\ + ESSENCE
ETERNAL HELLFIRE        PRESS AND HOLD /\ + MAX ESSENCE


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

Ryu only carries TWO secondary weapons throughout the game and he DOES 
have to use them during various battles (including boss battles).


--SECONDARY WEAPONS/PROJECTILES

SHURIKEN
FIEND'S BANE BOW
HOWLING CANNON


++HOWLING CANNON NOTE:
The recoil of firing the Cannon takes a second for Ryu to recover. After 
he fires a cannonball, evading an enemy attack will be a bit tricky, so 
time your blasts carefully!


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                      +++   KARMA AND RANKINGS   +++
                      __ __ ___    ____  __  ______ 
                     / //_//   |  / __ \/  |/  /   |
                    / ,<  / /| | / /_/ / /|_/ / /| |
                   / /| |/ ___ |/ _, _/ /  / / ___ |
                  /_/ |_/_/  |_/_/ |_/_/  /_/_/  |_|
                                                    

For Sigma 2, the Karma system still implements the same scoring system 
that was used in NGII. Combos, Obliterations, Ultimate Techniques, etc. 
count towards the Karma score. All you gotta do is NOT DIE.

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 = 6000 POINTS
--ENEMIES KILLED = 1000 POINTS PER ENEMY


++KARMA NOTE:
On Story Mode, there is NO Karma System or Rankings! Both are only 
implemented in TEAM MISSIONS and CHAPTER CHALLENGE!


For Rankings, there are FIVE Ranks to achieve: NINJA DOG, ACOLYTE, 
MENTOR, ADEPT, and MASTER NINJA. This only applies to CHAPTER CHALLENGE. 

On TEAM MISSIONS, you are awarded Medals (Bronze, Silver, Gold) instead 
of Rankings.


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       +++   THE REAR-NAKED CHOKE HOLD - MURAMASA RELOADED   +++
            __  _____  ______  ___    __  ______   _____ ___ 
           /  |/  / / / / __ \/   |  /  |/  /   | / ___//   |
          / /|_/ / / / / /_/ / /| | / /|_/ / /| | \__ \/ /| |
         / /  / / /_/ / _, _/ ___ |/ /  / / ___ |___/ / ___ |
        /_/  /_/\____/_/ |_/_/  |_/_/  /_/_/  |_/____/_/  |_|
                                                             

Throughout the game, you will encounter Muramasa Statues littered in 
various places. There are two kinds of statues: a glowing Gold statue 
and a glowing Blue statue.

The Gold Statue only allows Ryu to purchase Health items. The Blue 
Statue enables the purchase of Health items AND Weapon upgrades.


--HEALTH ITEMS PRICES (WARRIOR MODE)

HERBS OF SPIRITUAL LIFE    $3000
GRAINS OF SPIRITUAL LIFE   $5000
DEVIL WAY MUSHROOM         $4000
TALISMAN OF REBIRTH        $30,000


--HEALTH ENHANCEMENT NOTE
Muramasa no longer sells Health Enhancements items! Unlike previous 
Ninja Gaiden games, ALL the enhancements are only found in treasure 
chests throughout the game.

--WEAPON UPGRADES (BLUE MURAMASA STATUES ONLY)
All upgrades for Ryu's weapons are 100% FREE OF COST! The only catch is 
that Ryu can only upgrade ONE weapon at a time per statue. Once you 
reach Chapter 10, Muramasa will offer level 3 upgrades (but still only 
for ONE weapon at a time).


++CRYSTAL SKULLS NOTE:
For every ten Crystal Skulls found, Muramasa will discount the prices of 
his items. Not that it matters, but it's not as if you need the 
discount, do you?


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  +++   PERFECTLY IMPROVISED ASS BOMB - ADVANCED TIPS & TACTICS   +++
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       / _ `/ _  / |/ / _ `/ _ \/ __/ -_) _  / / __/ / _ \(_-<
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--BUTTON MASHING IS FOR NOOBS
It takes a bit of skill to fully utilize the simple but complex combat 
system. By learning combos and the enemy patterns, you can see how NG 
vets do it and become a better player. Don't be a moron, be a Master!


--ALWAYS BLOCK!!!!!!!!!!!
Defense has always been something that has made the NG series so tough. 
Treat the Block Button the same way that the Gears Of War games uses the 
Cover system. You need to learn it! LISTEN AND LEARN!!!


--U.T. NOT O.T.
Stick to using Ultimate Techniques during battle. Ultimate Techniques 
are faster and kill enemies quicker than an Obliteration move. Only use 
the Obliteration move when you see the enemies that are vulnerable, 
otherwise, you'll only be greeted with PAIN.


--USE ESSENCE WISELY
Since Essence is given away in large amounts inside the chests 
throughout the game, don't worry about collecting the Essence for money. 
Instead, use the leftover Essence from battle for Ultimate Techniques 
and then collect the rest as a reward after the battle is done.


--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.


--LEARN THE COUNTERATTACK
The Counterattack is not as easy to learn as it was in the first Sigma 
game. With precise timing, press the [] or /\ Button when blocking an 
enemy's attacks and Ryu will initiate the Counter move. When done 
properly, the Counter usually knocks back an enemy or slices off a limb. 


--ELIMINATE THE WEAKER THREAT FIRST!
All of your enemies use a certain attack mentality. While a pack of them 
attack you up close, another pack is standing from far away and 
launching projectiles at you. Avoid the up-close guys and focus on 
killing the weaker threat (the projectile enemies) so that they don't 
take away too much health.


--USE QUICK COMBOS INSTEAD OF FLASHY ONES
Since enemies swarm at you like dogs, Ryu needs to use quick but hard 
combos to thin the herd. View the Weapons Moves List in the Pause Menu 
and choose a combo that you think is quick enough when in a tight spot 
and ABUSE those attacks! 


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            +++   THROUGH THE NEVER - THE WALKTHROUGH   +++
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   | | /| / / __ `/ / //_/ __/ __ \/ ___/ __ \/ / / / __ `/ __ \
   | |/ |/ / /_/ / / ,< / /_/ / / / /  / /_/ / /_/ / /_/ / / / /
   |__/|__/\__,_/_/_/|_|\__/_/ /_/_/   \____/\__,_/\__, /_/ /_/ 
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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. If you 
are a first-time player, do NOT attempt to try and use Obliteration 
Techniques just yet!

Once all the baddies are dead, a cutscene will occur. After the 
cutscene, be ready for ANOTHER gaggle of baddies. Bust out some of 
those hot moves and eliminate the baddies to clear this particular 
area. There is a chest on the other side of the shop, so if you want to 
open it, do it!

Make your way past the shop and down the stairs. Slice up the next 
batch of ninjas that jump down and then access the SAVE STATUE to 
refill health and open the double doors.


++AREA: INNER SANCTUM HALLWAY

Some more ninjas will appear in the hallway, so charge up for an 
Ultimate Technique and then unleash it when they get close. Stick with 
using UT's to kill all the baddies faster. Once that's done, open the 
nearby chest to refill health and continue down the adjacent hallway.

Do NOT wall-run across the open floorway yet! Allow the ninjas to jump 
towards you. Eliminate them all with some style by using a pre-charged 
Ultimate Technique for some stylish points! Now use a wall-run across 
the floorway and go around the corner.


++AREA: SANCTUM SHRINE

Go around the corner to find a chest. Open it up and then open the 
other chest on the shrine to obtain a LIFE OF THE THOUSAND GODS. 


--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. Do you see it? 
Jump over to the ledge and then grab it! Now jump down to the bottom.


++AREA: LOWER SANCTUM

Smack up the baddies that appear here to clear this area. Make your way 
up the stairs to an empty shrine area with a lone chest.

If you open up the chest, a gang of ninjas will jump down for an 
ambush, so be ready for it! Once that's done, make your way up the 
stairs and open the chest for a goodie. Enter the next open doorway to 
the next area.


++AREA: ENGINE ROOM

DO NOT USE THE WALL RUN YET! Get into a defensive stance as the enemies 
start running towards you. Eliminate them all and THEN use the Wall-run 
to the next catwalk. Go up the stairs and use a pre-charged Ultimate 
Technique on the enemies rushing towards you. 

From there, use another Wall-Run to the next walkway to find a dead 
body with a special scroll.


--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 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 there, 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 of ninjas will be waiting 
for you. Eliminate the ninjas with lots of Izuna Drop combos to clear 
the area.

Do NOT cross the mini-bridge just 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 goodie! Now go back to 
towards the mini-bridge.

Continue past the mini-bridge to encounter some more baddies. Eliminate 
them with ease and then continue past the garden to a stairway to 
trigger a cutscene. 

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

When you approach the stairway, you will be ambushed by a duo of 
archers standing on a high balcony. To reach them, you'll need to be a 
little creative.

See that tree on the stairway? Move next to the cherry blossom tree and 
do a Bird Flip on the tree to reach a small roof ledge. From there, run 
up to the archers and take them down. 


++CRYSTAL SKULL #2:
Just near where the archers were standing is a Crystal Skull. GRAB IT! 
Now jump down to the bottom and continue down the walkway.


If you want to go to the lower catwalks, be ready for a gaggle of 
enemies. If you prefer to skip the lower catwalks, continue past the 
upper walkway to encounter some more, you guessed it, NINJAS!

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 to 
refill your health.


SAVE GAME


++AREA: ROOFTOP BALCONY

--OBJECTIVE: MASTER THE FLYING SWALLOW TECHNIQUE

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 ninjas PLUS a new enemy: the 
Phantom Warlock. 

--NEW ENEMY: PHANTOM WARLOCK
These guys are quite cheap and tricky. The toss fireballs at you and 
they can disappear and reappear next to you to initiate a cheap little 
combo. All it takes is an Izuna Drop to the face to kill them off.


Remember to eliminate the weaker threat first! Focus on killing the 
Warlocks first and then focus on the other Ninjas. All it takes is some 
Ultimate Techniques to get the job done. Once the baddies are gone, 
it's BOSS BATTLE TIME! GET IT ON!


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


--BOSS ATTACKS:

PAZ ZUU LASER BEAM
When Buddha does this attack, he creates a large glowing circle in 
front of him that shoots a horizontal or vertical laser on the ground. 
To avoid this attack, stay mobile and use lots of Reverse Wind Jumps.

YIN YANG LASER BEAMS
For this attack, Buddha will summon laser beams on the ground 
underneath Ryu. If Ryu does not move quick enough, he will get hit, so 
use constant Reverse Wind Jumps to stay safe.

HAND SLAP
BUDDHA SLAM
Both of these attacks are quite easy to evade. Simply STAY AWAY from 
the middle of the platform! If you get caught in the middle, he will 
grab Ryu and slam or slap him down.


--BOSS TACTICS:

The only way to attack Buddha is to damage both of his arms. Sounds 
simple, right? OF COURSE, IT IS!

There is a semi-easy way to stay safe from Buddha's attacks and that is 
to stay on the RIGHT SIDE of the screen (Buddha's left arm). When you 
stand there, any physical attacks he attempts will not harm Ryu most of 
the time. You can also do this to Buddha's RIGHT ARM (left side of the 
screen). Just be sure to BLOCK when he slams the floor!

Evade all of Buddha's laser attacks with Reverse Winds until it is safe 
to stand next to his arm. Use any hard combos on his arm until he pulls 
away. Evade the lasers he throws and then continue to attack his arms.


Once Buddha loses 75% of his health, he falls to the ground. From here, 
run up to its head and use an Obliteration to finish the battle. If you 
don't do this quickly, he will RECOVER! KILL THAT DAMN THING ALREADY!


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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.

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 more ninjas will jump out from 
behind. Use a UT on them and then eliminate the others that appear. 
Clear the room and then exit the house to find MORE ninjas.

Eliminate them Ninja gang to trigger the opening of Muramasa's Statue. 
Approach the statue and stock up on any health items. You CANNOT upgrade 
weapons until Chapter 2, so don't even bother! 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 
to find 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: DRAGON TOWER 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). Clear 
the walkway and then go all the way to the end to trigger a cutscene.


++AREA: DRAGON TOWERS

--OBJECTIVE: FIND THE MAINTENANCE ROOM

Slice up the first wave of baddies that appear in this room to activate 
the nearby SAVE STATUE.


SAVE GAME


Enter the next room and approach the 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 another goodie.

Go to the second floor and find the open doorway leading to the 
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 ninjas. 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.

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 towards the double doors for your first 
double boss battle!


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


--BOSS ATTACKS:

SPIDER POUNCE
SPIDER BLADES
SPIDER COMBO
All of Rasetsu's attacks are easy to evade. Time your Reverse Winds 
carefully so that you don't get hit!


--BOSS TACTICS:

You can defeat Rasetsu one of two ways: 

++THE EASY WAY
Rasetsu is susceptible to damage from the Ultimate Technique. Evade his 
attacks and then charge up the UT. If he blocks the UT (which he will 
most of the time), simply retreat and try to time it again so that you 
hit him. One UT should shave off about 20% of his health in one combo, 
so abuse the UT to finish this battle quickly and easily!

++THE HARD WAY
If UT's aren't going your way (because he keeps blocking), then you'll 
have to fight him one-on-one with a tricky little maneuver. Charge up 
for a UT and unleash it. If he blocks it, immediately use the Tiger Roar 
combo (SQUARE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE) to catch him off guard and then quickly 
jump away and charge up for a UT again. This little trick works most of 
the time, but ONLY if he blocks the UT, so ABUSE IT!


After he loses about 75% of his health, he falls on one knee. Approach 
him and then Obliterate him to end this battle.


WAIT, THE CHAPTER AIN'T OVER YET!


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               +++   BOSS BATTLE: BIG BUDDHA PART II   +++
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          | _ )/ _ \/ __/ __| | _ ) /_\_   _|_   _| |  | __|
          | _ \ (_) \__ \__ \ | _ \/ _ \| |   | | | |__| _| 
          |___/\___/|___/___/ |___/_/ \_\_|   |_| |____|___|


Buddha will return for one more match and just like the first battle 
with him, the rules are still the same. If you defeated him easily the 
first time, then this battle will be a total cinch. Just damage his 
arms, stay on the side, evade...you know the drill!

If you had troubles, then I suggest practicing the first battle with him 
on the Balcony until you get the timing right on evading his attacks. 
This game is all about defeating the bosses in a stylish manner!

Defeat Big Buddha to end the Chapter!


MISSION COMPLETE!


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