=============================================== B R A V E F E N C E R M U S A S H I D E N =============================================== Version 4.0 Walkthrough by Jerrold Ng (firstname.lastname@example.org) --------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Introduction 2. Controls / Basic Techniques 3. Walkthrough i. Chapter 1 ii. Chapter 2 iii. Chapter 3 iv. Chapter 4 v. Chapter 5 vi. Chapter 6 4. Hints & Tips 5. Combos, Minku and People-in-crystal list 6. Acknowledgements --------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Introduction Before I start the FAQ / Walkthrough, I need to set a few things straight - a) I do not know Japanese, so all the story bits are simply guesswork, don't trust them too much. Don't ask me to translate anything either! b) This is quite an update from the previous versions. I may still be doing things wrong without realizing it, so please inform me if I've messed anything up ^_^ c) Versions 1.0 & 2.0 were basic walkthroughs, but after version 3.0 it really covers a lot of miscellaneous info here and there... so it's pretty detailed now! OK, enough rambling, lets get on with it... Brave Fencer Musashiden is an Action/RPG by my favorite game Company, Squaresoft. It tells a story of a young boy Samurai, called Musashi (I'm told this is based on a real life person who lived in Feudal Japan who uses two swords as his weapon and never lost a sword duel until he was eighteen or something) wielding two swords, living in his own little world until he's summoned to help a peaceful country fight a less-peaceful enemy. Well, a basic RPG story, really. This game is a Zelda/Alundra-type Adventure RPG, so don't let the first stage fool you (more on that later). You will need a good command of Japanese to play this game; without help of a few fellow gamers, I would have never gotten passed the first hour of the game. So, I suggest that you should be patient and wait for the US version, slated something at the end of this year (1998). However, if the urge of playing a Squaresoft Action/RPG (or most likely the FF8/Ehrgeiz demo that comes with it :) ) is too much for you, read on! New to version 2.0 - Added walkthroughs for chapter 4-6 so quit bugging me with e-mails already!! ^_^ - Added technique 'counter' - Cleared up some errata - Added more info on the Minku New to version 3.0 - Added complete list of Minku, also including the Mega Minku! - Added info about Limited Addition Figures and Musicians - Added extra info on skills and sleeping - Monster and get-in list for Chapters 5 & 6 - Cleared up some more errata - Expanded on bits a lot of people seem to get stuck in - Translated some stuff here and there New to version 4.0 - Added the complete list of people-in-crystals - Added Combo List - Cleared up some confusing bits in the ice castle, mine, final palace, and some other bits here and there - Cleared up even more errata What I want to add (much later) - A list of all the toys, including the Limited Edition ones - Anything else of interest --------------------------------------------------------------------- 2. Controls / Basic Techniques As mentioned before, I have next to no knowledge in Japanese, so all the following are purely an educated guess. Correct me if I'm wrong, will ya? Start Screen - Two options, first one being to start a new game, second to load a saved game. You knew that, didn't you? Controls - Direction Pad - Moves the Musashi around. Seems obvious. Square Button - Swings his basic weapon, a thin katana blade. Tap this button to rack up a few hits ending with a rolling cut attack. X Button - Jump. You can jump backwards if you hold down R1 while pressing X. Triangle Button - Swings your second weapon, which is the magical blade Reygund. Hits once, but does lots of damage. You don't have this weapon at the beginning of the game. You can upgrade the sword later with magic rune stones at chapters 2,3,4 and 5. Circle Button - Uses your absorbed ability. More on this below. R1 Button - Defends against frontal attacks. Also fills up bar on the bottom-left for various techniques (once again, more on that below) L1 Button - Hold this down for Musashi to walk instead of run (not really sure how useful this is) R2 & L2 Button - Rotates camera if you're in town, in other cases it simply zooms in slightly, and in some other cases, does nothing at all. Select Button - Switches between Fight Mode and Sleep Mode, more on that below. Start Button - Looks at your characters inventory and pauses the game while you're at it. Techniques - Get-In Technique - One of the main techniques the game uses is the ability to steal enemy techniques and use them as your own. Each normal creature you meet has a technique to steal. To steal an ability, hold down the R1 button until you gauge is full, then press the Square Button in front of the enemy> If successfully hit, the sword will start glowing green. Tap the Square button until the gauge is completely green to absorb the enemy's ability. There are two major types of abilities you can steal - 1) Spells; where you press the circle button to do the attack, which drains your BP (Battle Point, I think) and 2) Skills - where you gain certain abilities (e.g. Pogo hopping, BP drawing, etc..). These usually drains a small bit of BP from you when you first absorb them; they lasts only for a limited time, or stops if you're hit. Force Attack - As above, if you hold down the R1 button till the gauge is full, but press the Triangle Button instead, you let loose your sword Reygund's Force Attack. Your first ability is a sword swirl; you'll get other Force Attacks later. Counter Blow - Apparently, if you charge your bar (R1), then press Triangle just after you've blocked an attack (you should already be in blocking stance at the moment), you can counter attack the enemy for massive damage. Good for really persistent and really hardy enemies. HP & BP - You character has two bars at the bottom left representing BP and HP. HP is your character's Health Points (or Hit Points, for you RPG fanatics); you're dead if that drops to zero. BP is your battle point; you need this to use enemy special skills that you have stolen. Incidentally, BP goes down on its own as time passes. When it reaches zero, your character loses the will to fight and will do less damage and walk slower. This is very dangerous if you're in a middle of a dungeon, so grab a green ball as soon as possible! Time - Being a first for an Action/RPG, time is figured into the game. That's right, there will be night and day in this game, and certain puzzles will depend on this. A day passes very quickly in this game, but at certain times, you'll have to wait quite a while for the right time to go for a puzzle. So, Squaresoft puts in the Sleeping Mode into the game. Sleeping - To access this mode, press the Select Button and you'll notice that the bottom-left icon (in the circle) changes from a sword to a moon. In this mode, hold down R1 until the gauge is full, then release it and Musashi will fall asleep on the spot (Musashi is quite a snoozer... this guy can fall asleep the middle of a marketplace in the day!). Falling asleep sends time racing by (about 10-20 minutes passes in 1 second) and heals you gradually. However, your BP will start going down at a even faster rate, so be warned! However, later in the game you'll get a magic blanket ability than let's you restore both HP & BP. After a nap, be sure to switch back to Attack Mode (press select again). It's not a nice experience to fall asleep in front of an enemy when what you really want is to do a Force Attack on him! Sleepiness - On the bottom right is a circle with a picture of your hero Musashi. If that Circle starts to close up, and you notice that Musashi is getting sluggish, this means he's sleepy. Go to a quiet corner or an inn to catch a few Zs. You'll also see a percentage number once he's asleep. Keep sleeping and let the percentage go back down to about 12-15%. Incidentally, 50% is the level you should look out for. Above it Musashi starts to get sleepy, and above 70% he will barely be able to lift his sword! Combos - You get combos from the people you rescue; go talk to them at the old man's place in the castle. You can check what combos you have in you inventory screen, 3rd option. Look at section 5 for a complete list of combos you can learn. Abilities - Another section on the menu is the ability list. Here, you get to see what abilities you have learned to help you on your way! The complete list is as follows - - Mountain Climbing - Let's you climb brown walls - just jump at them at tap Sq and Tri alternately - Double Jump - Let's you jump twice (press X twice) - Identifying - Lets you identify objects without the help of the guy at the pawn shop - Ice Walking - Let's you walk on ice without slipping - Speed Charging - Let's you charge your bar (R1) faster - Skilled Sleeping (??) - Let's you regain both BP and HP while sleeping --------------------------------------------------------------------- 3. Walkthrough Chapter 1 : Getting Reygund --------------------------- This chapter begins with you inside the forest. If you play through the chapter, you may think that this game is very action orientated, but looks can be deceiving! Monster Get-In -------- ------ Green Plant - Protective circle; prevents conditions like sleep but totally useless at this stage. Gun Soldier - Turns our hero's hand into a machine gun. Each shot does 4 points of damage, and drains 1 BP. Sword Soldier - Stuns an enemy with a bash, uses up 4 BP. In the starting area, steal the Gun Soldier's ability when you meet them. When you reach the three big rocks, just push them, when you reach a statue, just break it with whatever you've got. Once you reach the river too far for you to jump, use the ability you've stolen - the machine gun, and fire at the logs on the other side to make a bridge. Once you reach the tower, it gets even simpler. Break the four statues and press the buttons underneath while avoiding the bolts the statue head fires at you. Do this and the tower rises... Inside the tower, run up the spiral stairs. Avoid the purple bats (are they bats?) that come down at regular intervals while killing off the soldiers. Keep to your gun ability. Almost to the top, Musashi will comment on the bell structure in the center of the tower. Just climb a little higher until you reach the closed door then shoot the bell with your Gun ability (there is a Gun Soldier conveniently close by in case you've lost it). Once the bell falls, you'll teleport to the top of the tower. At the tower top, steal the ability of the Sword Soldier, then stand near the pressure pad. Once a Soldier approaches you, and stands on the pad, stun him. Pick up that sword.. Now you have the powerful magical sword Reygund as your ally! Now the statue starts rolling at you, you run down the tower side (how he does it is anyone's guess). This is purely an action level, so I can't help you very much; just remember to jump when Musashi tells you to! After crashing through the palace wall, the bad guy you meet will surround you in flames and captures the princess (its an RPG law, you know). Use your new weapon's Force Attack to get out of the flames, then be prepared to fight a huge boss! Boss : Big Mechanical Thingie First of all, hit the thing's foot (blatantly obvious thanks to those pointing arrows) while avoiding the fumes that spews out of it. When he starts spinning his ball, start running. Once a leg is down, cut off that cloth and start hacking at the green globe at his... you know. Repeat that for his other leg, then once he's down, toss him through the wall. Repeat the fight again, toss him through the wall again, then finally you will end up in town. Hit his green globe every time he lands from a jump, and he's history! On to chapter 2. Chapter 2 : Reactor Trouble --------------------------- Monsters Get-In -------- ------ Spear Soldier - Allows you to throw spears for 8BP per shot. this one is actually very powerful. Pink Flowers - Give you the ability to pogo hop. You lose 8BP for this ability, and pressing Circle Button or getting hit cancels the ability. Ghosts - Magic of Shrinking. Uses 10BP per casting, this spell lets you shrink the enemy and then harmlessly walk on them. Splat! Mushrooms - You become extremely sleepy and sluggish. Definitely not a good thing to Get-In! White Blob - Drains BP from your surroundings. Useful. You first lose 4 BP though, and lose the ability once you're hit. First, after waking up from that long rest, you get a briefing by that old guy you met in the castle at the start of the game. After that, you may go around the castle. Options Effects ------- ------- 1 - Old Man Lets you talk to the people you have rescued from the crystals. More on this later. 2 - Bishop Just browse through some library stuff. Think of it as an online manual... 3 - Room Lets you sleep and regain your HP and BP once you come back to the castle, not usable at the moment. 4 - Stats View your stats. This is same as pressing START later. 5 - Leave Lets you leave the castle. 6 - Gondola You'll only get this after chapter 4, see below For the first time, you can't leave until you've talked to the bishop at the library. Then you will take a wild ride out of the castle (are you sure that's necessary, Musashi?) and begin your long adventure. Go explore the village first: Shops Effect ----- ------ Inn Allows you to rest and save. Actually, don't bother resting here; go back to the castle and rest, it's free there! Item Shop Buys stuff that mostly heals your HP or remove conditions like poison Bakery Buys stuff that mostly heals BP Pawnshop Identify unknown items (those items whose description includes brackets with highlighted Japanese characters at the bottom). Also allows you to sell of some junk that you've identified. Bar Lets you talk to people and play some games with one of them. Toy Store Weirdest feature of the game, this shop sells action figures of characters from BFM! You can examine your toy back in your room in the castle; just choose the second option. I've been told there are secret limited addition models in the game... see below! First off, talk to everyone you meet, knock on every door you see. If you talk to the elder (a guy with a red headband) you'll get a quest where you must rescue a dog in order to get more info on the magic books you'll encounter later. Find that dog by going up to the mountain region; the entrance is where you started off in town, where a guy is guarding the way. Once you've entered, there are two paths, one of them leading to a spike pit and boulders. Remember this area and then go the other way. You'll encounter a white blob blocking you path. No problem; use the Wizard's shrink ability to get him to a more manageable size. Then, once you've spotted the dog, pick him up and carefully walk back to town (fall into water and you'll have to go back and get him at his little island). Once you've returned the dog, the elder tells you he knows nothing about the books. Duped again! Anyway, he tells you to talk to Jan, a treasure hunter - who happens to be locked up at the south end of the village, and is the owner of the dog. Talk to a few other villagers to find out about his plight, and then talk to him and he'll tell you he's hungry and thirsty. Now go to the well (where the two women meet during the day; you won't be able to reach the well because of them, so come back at night) and get some water, and buy some bread in the bakery (it's the cheapest item in the list), then go back to him. Give him the stuff (option 1) and he'll ask you to free him! Problem is, the guy that locked him there is dead already, so you'll have to hunt for his tomb. He'll ask his dog to help you out. Now you must head to the Haunted Forest. To get there, look for a path by the windmill; this will take you to a spot with some steaming pipes and a person to rescue (break the crystal which holds him with your Reygund); go pass the big pipe to enter the forest. Follow the route to reach the area where you see thorny briars on the floor, pass an overhead pipe. Use a nearby pink flowers ability to pogo-hop over the briars, then you'll get to the Haunted Forest. Follow the dog, kill the few monsters you'll meet, and you'll eventually reach the grave. Search the grave the dog indicates and pick up the key. Now you'll have to head back to town. Talk to the Jan again and he'll tell you to come back at midnight; wait or sleep till then (incidentally, midnight is shown as 0.00 on the clock), after that, talk to him again to free him. He'll tell you to meet him at the mountains, so it's off to the mountains (again)! Pass the spot where you saved the dog, you'll see two new lilypads in the water. Follow them, and climb some poles, and you'll reach the mountain area. There's a temporary save here in the form of a treasure chest. Doesn't save to your memory card, but you'll have the option to return there if you die. However, be warned that you'll lose half your gold if you do die and return here! Anyway, take the long route up the mountain and eventually you'll meet the Jan again. He'll ask you to find four logs for him. If you're observant, you'd probably have found them all already, if not, looking a little harder. (Hint : They're all in the same area - try finding ways to go down...) With the for logs, he'll build you a raft. Now you can take a wild ride down the river in a cool arcade bit; also a good source of money if you're broke! The river ride has two exits, one harder to find exit leads you to another person to rescue. The main one leads you to a treasure chest at the top of the mountain to the right of where you first entered (with the pit and the big boulders). Get that chest! Go back to the pawnshop in town and ask to identify the item you've found; its actually an ability item; and gives you the ability to climb certain walls (ones that are in a darker shade of brown). Once you've left the pawnshop, you'll notice that the entire town is filled with smoke. The guy who talks to you tells you that a nearby power plant (at least that's what I think it is) has broken down. He also tells you to talk to the man running the plant. You might want to save now... tough bits are ahead! Go to the area by the entrance to the mountains, and you'll notice some brown walls.. you know what to do. Talk to the guy running up and down and he'll tell you that the reactor at the plant is gonna blow in 24 hours; and gives you directions on how to shut it down. Now go to the area with lots of steaming pipes and go all the way to the end. There's some brown walls here too.. Once you've reached the plant (ironic way of calling it, eh?) you'll have to figure out how to open the door. It's very obvious.. there are two bars here, a red one and a blank one. The red bar keeps going up and down, just stop it at the point saying OKAY! and the other bar builds up. Each time you stop the red bar at the OKAY! the blue bar goes up, if you fail the blue bar goes down. Fill up the entire blue bar and you can proceed. The inside bit is pretty tough. You'll need to perform the similar operation 8 times (each with increasing difficulty) in the order of the numbers. And, if it's not bad enough, you have a limited time in between two operations! You'll need to hone your reflexes for this one. After successfully shutting down the reactor, the plant keeper will be outside; and he'll tell you to go to the mountain. At the mountain, go to the spot down at the base of the mountain (pass the save-game treasure chest) and you'll meet the guy who kidnapped the princess. He'll challenge you to a climbing contest; climb real fast up the mountain and you'll quickly end his existence. Here, you can find the Earth Rune, that powers up your sword Reygund with the ability to create quakes as his force attack. It paralyzes nearby enemies but doesn't injure them. Now go back to the afore-mentioned area with the pit and boulders. Use your newfound power to send down the boulders and create a path onwards. You'll be blocked after a short walk; there are four pads to be pressed simultaneously. Now go back to the old man at the castle. If you have explored a little and rescued a lot of people, the old man will send four of them to help you out. These are four specific people mind you, so even if you don't have one of them you cannot proceed! Look for them if the elder refuses to help you. Now go back to town, pick up some healing herbs, save the game etc.. cause its boss time! Back to the mountain! Boss : Crystal Guardian No. 1 The fella you meet cannot be harmed thanks to its hard armor. When your four friends start sending stuff across in buckets above you, use the quake ability to send it down onto the boss. When he gets hit by a large rock, he'll get dizzy. Use Reygund to strike the gem in its mouth. He'll go berserk now and has a new attack where he burrows his hand on the ground and slows you... get the four guys to drop a herb to remove the condition. After another big rock or bomb on his head, he'll get dizzy again. Give him another blow. Now, he will start attacking the four guys up there. Knock him down using quake when he tries to climb up. Another big rock, another big slash, and he's history! On to chapter 3. Chapter 3 : Cursed Town ----------------------- Monsters Get-In -------- ------ Zombies - Surrounds you with flies... not sure what this is for. White Blob - Not the ones you see outside but the ones found inside the mine. Surrounds you with white balls, again not sure what that does.. Blue Mushroom - Poisons you... not a good idea! Snakes - Gives you the ability to heal yourself of poison. Pretty useful in later chapters! 6BP. Bowler Plants - Let's you do some bowling! Press Circle Button twice to hurl a ball. Ghosts - Lets your spirit leave your body and wander about. You return to town after your victory and find out the town is in trouble again! (Sigh...) Anyway, to find out about the problem, talk to the village elder and that other guy in the center of town. They will tell you that blue zombies have started to prowl the town at midnight. Take a look if you want; they start appearing from the bar. You have to look for a few treasures to solve this little problem... namely the .... The Flower - Go to the guy at the windmill at midnight and he'll give you the key to the mine in the town. He'll also tell you the flower only blooms from 3am-7am. Enter the mine. At the junction, go right. There's a poison-spewing mushroom here, avoid it if you want. Climb up the pole. In the next scene, you'll have to practice your jumping skills a lot, can't help you here. You'll eventually reach a big fan. Wait until it stops, then jump down. At the bottom is a temporary save chest again, use it if you want, then go left. More jumping involved, and then you'll reach a pool with some rotating platforms. Jump carefully to reach the flower, then wait till the time reaches 3am-7am, then pick up the flower. Now, get out of the mine by climbing the wall below the fan and go right... The Holy Water - Go up to the mountains. On your way up you'll meet that guy you talked to earlier; he's injured and dying. To save him, run / climb up to the top of the mountain and get that water before 12 hours pass (more like 12 minutes to you), then give it to him. Note : A rock is usually blocking your way at the point where Jan built a raft for you - just quake it down! After this, go back to the tavern and wait till midnight. The barkeeper will tell you about the problem, and tells you to leave. You'll get a hint that some of the people in the bar is now residing in the inn. Go talk to them (go to the inn, choose the 1st option, then in the sub-menu choose 3rd option, then examine the rooms with no price tags on them) and the barmaid will tell you the location of the secret entrance. So, wait for the blue zombies to start coming out (at about midnight) and then sneak into the bar. You'll enter the secret temple (choose option one). In the secret temple, you'll find out that you need to light up the four eyes on the wall to progress further. You can try each of the four doors in whatever order you want. They're not difficult, but you really need to test your jumping skill... Door1 - The one with the moving platforms forming a bridge. No tricks here, except maybe you'll need to throw some zombies around to get anywhere. Once you've reached the teleporter and dark areas, take the teleporters in this order - Right, Left, Left. Door2 - The ones with the bowling ball plants. Note that in this temple, use your bowling ability on any cracked walls to break them down. There are some secret rooms around here... Once you reach the flame-spewing totem pole, the trick is not to make eye contact with it. Using your basic Reygund, turn around, hold block, and walk towards it (with your back turned), then use your Force attack once you're close. Some crushing walls bit, some more bowling bits, and you're outta here! Door3 - Lots of floating teleporters. Easy! There are some dark areas here, which you can sort out if you get-in the ability of a ghost.. you'll become one and float about, so you can examine the darkened area before stepping in. Door4 - Some difficult jumping here with the rotating floor blocks. Also, you'll meet swinging blades and fireballs later. Practice and you'll get through in no time. You'll need to hit the crystal at the end of every room to light up the eyes. Be sure to go back to the barkeeper to heal yourself. Also, be on the lookout for people-in-crystals - there's at least two of them in every room. After opening the door with the four eyes, you'll meet with the barkeeper again, and pick up the double jump ability (go back to the pawnshop to get it). Now you can go into the compound of the church. Talk to the priest and he'll tell you that there are strange sounds at night, every 2am in the morning. So come back at this time and he'll get you into the church. Midboss? - Red Zombies - After a long chat with that gal you'll meet, you'll have to fight with 5 red zombies. Just keep hitting them. They start coming out one at the time, then two, then three, while others will be hurling paralyzing balls at you. Move around and keep hitting them - don't let them grab you! It's instant death if they do! After a long battle, daylight will enter the room and kill all of them. Now, the priest asks you to retrieve the bell for him; you'll get a rope. The bell is down in the well, use the rope to get down. Here, you'll get the Water Rune! The Special Ability of the rune helps you to walk on water and sprays water bubbles at enemies (does no damage to most enemies though). You can now get to the bell. It's impossible to get up using the rope, so you'll have to bring the bell out through the mines area. Just toss it around... Once you leave the mines, the priest will give you a little statuette that is actually the key to the locked door at the underground shrine! Make sure you save the game first. Bring plenty of herbs. Now go in to the shrine under the bar, use the double jump to get to the door, and then be prepared for a long and difficult jumping exercise. You'll eventually reach the boss room and challenge the next crystal guardian! Boss - Crystal Guardian No. 2 This one really takes a very long time to beat. First, you'll have to fight with a shape-changing ball of fire. Use your sword's new ability to fire bubbles at it. Note that you will not be injured if you get hit by him while in the bubble, the bubble just bursts. After a very long battle, he'll be extinguished. Hit the crystal, and the ball of fire appears again. You have to repeat this another two times before the guardian is defeated! Then, it's on to chapter 4... Chapter 4 - Ice Palace and another Musashi? ------------------------------------------- In the intro, the princess opens the gate to the home world of Musashi again, hoping for another hero, and ends up with Kojiro, Musashi's archrival! This flame-haired Samurai looks like an equal match to Musashi... now things get interesting. Monsters Get-Ins -------- ------- Penguin Dudes - Can absorb anything from this guy Leapers - Gives you a nice map of your area, costs 8BP Mecha-Musashi - Drops a decoy (press Cir) which can be detonated (press it again) - 25BP, and you only get one, so it's more useful in solving puzzles than in killing bad guys Ice Plant - Protective orb that prevents poison and sleeping... Same as the non-frozen versions, drains 8BP from the start KarateWolf - A jumpkick, basically. Does good damage though, and uses 4BP Ice Gorilla - Lets you throw things real far? Dunno, never got to use it Iron Golem - Protective armor, drains 25BP when used, but you'll be immune to just about anything After your successful battle with the guardian, go down the well again and use your new water magic on the symbol on the ground. After some rumbling, and water level adjusting, you'll meet up with two strange-looking fellows. You'll meet them again much later. After a long chat, you're free to pick up the myriad of treasure chest around the area. You can also use the water spell in the pool near the south of town. In the treasure chest you find, you get a pair of red shades (go identify them at the pawnshop). These allow you to identify items as you pick them up. At least you'll be visiting the pawnshop a little less often now! Now, talk to the elder's wife and pick option two then one and you'll learn about the magic gondola, how it's broken, and what needs to be done to fix it. Go talk to the guy living in the windmill (in the day he's standing in a farm plot with another old guy). Go back to the castle and talk to the old man, then back to town and talk to the elder's wife. Now, go back to the mine, drop down the huge fan, then go right. After a long journey, you'll reach a small room with a few gears. If you don't know which gear to pick up, go back to the old man in the castle and talk to a few people you've rescued. Turns out some of them worked at the mine, and will give you some hints for which gear to pick up. It's the one with the hole on the middle, gold in color, and has 3 holes surrounding it. Go back to the mine again, pick up the third gear from the left. (if you pick the wrong gear, the old man will tell you to return and pick up the correct one) and give it to the old man. He'll fix the gondola. Now you'll automatically go to sleep, and when you wake up - City On Fire - A massive fire breaks out in town, and you've got to use your water rune to control the fire. It's not too hard; just spray water at all 8 burning huts! After your heroic rescue of the town (again) the elder gives you something (like I said, I'm not too good at Japanese). Now go off to the area in the forest leading to the haunted woods, then go south. You'll get to a path blocked by a giant snail (I always thought it was the rear end of a huge walrus, but then...). Using the item (2nd option) allows you to shrink the snail. From here, go further down the path until you reach the watery area, then use your water spell and your fixed Gondola to get across. You'll reach a familiar structure, bash it with your sword to gain the fire rune! Note : Nearby this spot is a normal-looking person-in- crystal; rescue him, then go back to the castle to talk to him and he'll upgrade your normal little sword (lightning blade) into a much more powerful one (golden sword). Very, very helpful. Midboss - Kojiro - Not as difficult as one might think. Run around to avoid anything he throws at you; then hit him hard. No problem, right? Once you've defeated the bad guy, the captive princess will join you (and whine a little); you'll automatically take her back to the castle. Now go to the old man and talk to him and a few other people you rescued (not sure which ones) and eventually you'll get a new quest in the Haunted Woods. Go back there, and follow this path - left, up, up, right, up, up, right, up, up, left, up up, up, up... welcome to the ice castle! The castle is very big, and completely exploring it is a must. Close to the entrance is a save-box; use it! The puzzles here aren't too hard.... just remember to kill everything you see. You are looking for gems to open up more and more of the palace. Gem1 - Red - Top right door - jump on the sliding blocks, then jump off to get across the pit, then go through the right door for a person to rescue, then back and up to the area with lots of penguins. Kill them all and look at the treasure chest. This gem opens the first left door in the main hallway. Gem2 - Blue - This opens into another area with an ice gorilla; lure one onto the open balcony area and let him propel you up to a higher floor. You'll end up in a rather simple maze, watch out for things coming down from the ceiling! The lower right door seems to be a dead end, but hint: absorbing a certain power from the previous room can can help... Go through the door on the left. In the room of the clones, just kill off all four clone Musashi's with you flame magic, and don't get hit! Grab that blue gem, which opens the other closed door in the top left door in the main hall. Gem3 - Green - Save the guy you see, then jump up to the higher area. You'll be in the upper area of the previous room; follow it and grab the chest. This is the spike boots, which allows you to walk up frozen ice floors! Now drop back down and go to the lower right door, go up the iced floor by climbing the pole and travel ahead to another ice blocks room. You'll see some MechaMusashis. Steal their ability, then launch it at the ice-gorilla in the next room. The gem you get opens the next door in the ice cubes room, find a way to climb up, and drop down the an unreachable spot in the southern part of the maze. Once you've returned to the hall, melt the frozen gate with your fire magic. Go up the staircase after grabbing the treasure chest. Light the two torches you then see (with the fire magic, naturally), save and get ready for... Boss - Frost Dragon (Crystal Guardian No.3) First hit him once or twice and he will eventually break a spot for you to jump and then the guy starts breaking floors behind you. After the run, he start spitting stuff at you, smashing his head down at you and breathing a massive blast of frost energy. After the blast, he gets tired; use your fire magic! Eventually he'll expose the underside of his head and the gem, so hit it - repeat three times. Chapter 5 - Gondola Problems ---------------------------- Monsters Get-Ins -------- ------- Blue Ant - Only few in the game, these ants give you the ability to launch an acid ball that kills the usually un-killable red ants. Uses up 8BP. After some long conversations with the elder, old man and the innkeeper, and back to the elder again, back to the old man, you go for a ride on your gondola. You can now get back to the castle at any time through the gondola. Now go back to the plant. Looks like there's problems again. Talk to the injured plant-keeper and he'll give you... something ... then go into the plant. You'll have to play turn-the-valve again.... but this time some of the valves are missing. And you though the previous game was hard! Afterwards the elder thanks you. Go talk to him again in the village, then talk to the old man again, then go back to the area below the well and take the passage which ends with a symbol of fire on the floor. Use your fire magic to shatter the ceiling above you and climb up; you're next rune, the wind rune, awaits you. Use your newly found ability to get out of the area. You'll meet the zombie-summoning gal again with another girl. After a long conversation you end up iced again! Press Triangle to break loose, and pick up 50BP for rescuing... yourself? Now, go back to town and talk to the guy there. Then head up the mountain path and witness a huge ant destroying your precious gondola! Go back to the castle and use the gondola... crash! Now go back and watch the ant scurry into the whole which was once a fan. To the left is the rather dead ant; go right and use your wind magic to spin through the poison gas. Grab that chest and rescue the person-in-crystal, then switch to the earth rune and use it on the symbol. In the next bit, go up through the upper right path and you'll find yourself in way of a blowing wind; use your wind magic to get pass. Use the pink flower's hop ability to get pass the spikes, then go up the hill with your double jump (tricky bit here, toss your small sword, then double jump over, then absorb his ability). Climb the wall, hit the switch, slaughter some ants... When you reach an area with a crack on the floor, use you wind magic to go down. Now go to the bottom right path. It's railway-riding time! This little Indiana Jones-inspired arcade section isn't too hard; just dodge the obstacles using left and right. Requires some decent hand-eye coordination. Save, then dig again after this bit! The next crystal guardian awaits... Fast chapter, isn't it? Boss - Ant Hill Queen (Crystal Guardian No. 4) The big mama of them all. Slaughter all those worms she tosses at you and keep moving. She's not too tough. Under some gas, you'll find the stone; strike it hard with your wind attack, and she'll be history soon enough. Now, off to the final chapter!!! Chapter 6 - The end is nigh... ------------------------------ Monsters Get-Ins -------- ------- Brown soldier - Let's you launch missiles! Get this - it does massive damage and homes in on your enemy! 10 BP per shot. Blue soldier - Gives you a gun that fires three spread shots, very useful since it's like a souped-up version of the machine gun you got early in the game - 4BP per shot Green Soldier - The most powerful ability in the game - drops bombs that does close to 1000 pts of damage. It's sure to kill anything, yes, but the downside is that it uses 50BP, which seems rather costly to kill anyone or anything with! Pink Soldier - Wields a sword and a shield. Their ability lets you do a large sword slash costing 8BP. After a much-deserved rest, talk to your raft-building friend Jan and then go up to the plant-keeper at 6.00am. Now go talk to everyone in the village again, particularly the three farmers - one of them will give you the Kojiro doll.... don't ask me why, and the other two tells you how to get to the final lair in the sky... Go back to the area with all those once steamy pipes, go all the way to the end and climb the other wall (on the left). Wait until it starts to rain if it hasn't already. It only rains on the morning of a certain day, so if you've missed it, go back to the castle and sleep - the day it rains is colored blue in the date indicator, and the day before that is colored green. So, wait until that day, then go in the morning (just past 7.00 and before 12.00)! Once you reach the rune, use your wind magic on the symbol there. You're now in the bad guy's outer base. First, use your earth magic on the four symbols (you'll need to hammer them twice each) to open the door; then use the water magic on the waterfall. Now use your fire rune on all three symbols to get to the top of the fortress, and get the Master Rune. You'll chat with a familiar baddie and get to see the sky castle. In the next area you can use the save box, then use your new ability to get pass. For some reason, you can't sleep here, so guard your life carefully. Be careful of the walls... You'll meet a familiar baddie from the well again and this time you fight him. Midboss - Bomber Nut - This guy throws bombs extensively. Look for a free area to avoid the bombs - it's somewhere near the bottom of the screen. Use your hardest hitting combos (the people at the castle should have taught you an extensive amount of them by now!) and he's done for. In the area after the boss, you can save the game. In the maze section, take the earth door, stomp the yellow buttons, When you reach a large blocks, pound them with your quake magic a few times to reveal passageways. Now, use you master magic extensively to float over the spikes. Go all the way right, hover over the spikes, and the floor will open up into another door. Then, in the next room sling yourself to the upper right and enter the door. Light the torches you see in the next room (you should know how to do that by now, right?) and you'll see a crushing block. Pass it and then jump on it and go left. Then, in the next area, put out the four torches, then drop down and quickly go right before your water magic runs out. In the next room use your wind magic to counter the fan. Go left! Now comes a tricky part - you have to use your master magic to float into the lower right pathway. Not easy! Activate the magic at the very end of the ledge, then drop down, hold X button straight away. Practice makes perfect, you know. Repeat that (a little harder this time). Enter the unmarked room, and there's another familiar mid-boss for you to fight. Midboss #2 - Flamer - This guy has a few attacks that are a pain to dodge, but it can be done. Use your sword combos once he's charging up, then run off once he attacks. It takes a while, but it works! Now you've reached the sky castle! Fight your way through and you'll reach a small maze - trial and error will get you pass here. Fight your way through again and you'll encounter a climbable wall (so climb it!!). Kill the plants, break the fountain, continue, break the second fountain, kill the flame-throwing bots that come out of it, then use the platform to get down. Break your way through here too (destructive fella, this Musashi) and then, when you reach the big spinning machine, break it with your flame magic. You'll meet that other girl again, and play a weird game. Just use your head! Follow the patterns she'll throw at you once you see lasers, then follow her moves, and you're through. In the third game you have to follow her moves and rhythm, so I hope you played your Parrappa... After this, save the game! You're almost done... Midboss #3 - Final Crystal Guardian - This huge machine tower is a difficult boss indeed. Use your master magic to fly around, avoiding the walls, and when you see a blue crystal eye, strike it. It first fires electricity and then energy beams, and, after injuring a lot, it starts combining them both, while having the eye open and close, and also shooting large red auras that confuse and paralyze you. To avoid the red eyes, just float around until you see eyes that aren't opening, then stay there. Darn! Stay cool, and after a while (quite a while) you'll finish it off. Now you meet the boss and discover an interesting plot twist, and after you friend gets shot, and the big guy appears, jump your way outside and you'll meet Kojiro again. Now, you have to jump like hell upwards, and then you'll battle him and the final boss at the top of the tower. Get ready... Final Boss - Kojiro and the Big Ugly Thing This huge bugger is hard as hell to beat. Run in from the right, double jump and hit his nose; and avoid that hand! Once he grabs you, he'll slam you to the ground and chances are send you tumbling off the edge. He also swings his tail - only way to avoid that is to use the master magic and float overhead. Also, when he jumps up, use master magic as he will send a huge shockwave across the ground. Then quickly strike his red nose - that's the only time you can injure him. He sometimes also raises his head and breath fire downwards - it's relatively easy to avoid, hit his nose again after he's done. Final Boss - ??? He'll eventually turn into a small white guy and wage a final battle. In this form his attacks all cost an unholy amount of damage; avoid all of them if possible. He fires out elemental attacks at you; avoid them, then, once he pales down (immediately after an attack) use your get-in attack then slash the big eye. After a long battle, your archrival finally falls. Now sit back and watch the ending, you've earned it! --------------------------------------------------------------------- 4. Hints & Tips - Rescue as many people from crystals as possible! Some of them are vital for your quest, and besides, for each rescue your max BP goes up by 5. There is a total of 40 characters to rescue - you'll have 5 rescued already after Chapter 1... Check section 5 for all their locations. - Go check back on the people you rescued back at the castle. Some of them give you vital clues, others, like the soldiers, teach you combo attacks. Also, some of them require another person (or people) to rescue before they can teach you or tell you anything. Some of them also want some junk that you usually sell at the pawnshop before they can help you out. - Did you know that with each musician you rescue, his particular instrument is added to the background music of the castle? Once you've rescued them all, the music turns into a full-scale orchestra score - useless to the game, but a nice addition nevertheless! - There is a strange creature wandering about at night that looks like a cross between a rabbit and a panda (I'm not kidding) called the Minku. They wander about at specific spots. If you find a spot that has a small red fruit on the ground, go back there at night! Pick them up and throw 'em if you see them; they drop fruits that increase your Max HP by 25. Incidentally, there's thirteen of them. See section 5 for the entire list of locations. - At chapter 6, when it starts to rain, before going up sky palace, go back to the castle and talk to the guy you've rescued who takes care of your Minkus (you do have him, don't you?) and, if you have all 13 Minkus, he'll tell you about the Mega Minku. Now, wander into the haunted woods at night and, at the spot where the sign to the ice palace used to be (at the beginning), you'll battle a mega-sized Minku! He won't attack you until you've injured him considerably, then he becomes angry and tries to run you over - and that does massive damage! (usually about 26 to 25 HP). After a while he'll start stomping - there's no way to avoid those, just whack him after he lands on you! Hope you have a good supply of herbs! Keep attacking him and he'll eventually shrivel up and drop tons of stuff while he's at it. Nice little surprise, Squaresoft. - Limited Edition Toys? - These aren't normally available in the toy store. For instance, one of them is the Kojiro Doll, which you can get from the guy in the house next to the Elder's house at chapter 6. Another one is the Mega Minku Doll which can be bought from the shop after defeating the Mega Minku (see above). There's a few more of these figures; there's one of the last boss and his few forms; also, one of them, I've been told, is a Cloud Strife Doll! Most of these can be bought from the toyshop after you perform a certain task. --------------------------------------------------------------------- 5. Combo, Minku & People-In-Crystals List People-In-Crystals 1) Old man - Rescued at starting, you're talking to him! 2) Mr. Eyeglass - Rescued at starting 3) Clown - Rescued at starting - Combo 2 if you have rescued guy no.23 4) Bishop - Rescued at starting, he's the guy in the library 5) Lute Musician -Rescued at starting 6) Gate Guard - West of swirling lake - allows entry to mountain at any time 7) Cute Witch - In forest area, hop up the steep slope 8) Red Woodsman - Southeast exit of town 9) Maid with broom - After solving the steam plant, east of swirling lake - Teaches you your first combo, Combo 1 10) Flute player - In steam pipe area, near wind rune 11) Black Soldier - Edge of river, towards mountain (x) 12) Happy Monk - End of riverside walkway in the mountains, pass poles in water (x) (*) 13) Blond Guy - Mountains, past swinging platforms, down the pole (x) 14) Yellow-Black Capped Guy - Mountains, past dino fossil, down the pole - teaches you Combo 3 after chapter 2 (x) 15) Minku Keeper - Mountains, under the bridge - keeps track of how many Minku you have, also tells you about Mega Minku 16) Bald monk - Hidden Temple, Door 1, go right, climb the poles 17) Cup-carrying guy - Hidden Temple, final door, the sinking blocks in lava bit 18) Green vest guy - Hidden Temple, Door 4, in the second ghost-vision room 19) Woman with sticks - Mountains, double jump right from the pole near the 3rd tree stump 20) Mustached Crossbow guy - Hidden Temple, Door 3, on the wooden lava walkways 21) Yellow Grey Soldier - On the way to the holy flower, conveyer leading down - teaches you Combo 4 22) Maid with a jug - In the room with the holy flower, ride the innermost platform 23) White-Red Cap - In steam pipe area, upper right - teaches you Combo 2 with a little help from the clown (no. 3) 24) Capped Girl - Hidden Temple, Door 2, past second bowling section (*) 25) Guy with hammer - Ice castle, past the blue door 26) Hammer Smith - Just after shrinking the slug - upgrades your small silver sword into a more powerful golden one 27) Casket Carrying guy - On the way to the holy flower, conveyer leading up 28) Drummer - Ice castle - second ice block maze, above an ice block 29) Black White Maid - Past the first spiked pit and boulders 30) Cook 1 - Past the sliding blocks jump in the ice castle, right path 31) Red-caped boy - Hidden Temple, Door 2, past the first bowling section (*) 32) Cowled Guy - In the room with the holy flower, ride the outermost platform 33) Cook 2 - After dead ant, right room, past the poison gas 34) Violinist - After you activated the fan in chapter 5 35) Cook 3 - Ice castle, in the first ice maze, absorb the iron golem's power and walk through the spikes found in the lower right doorway 36) Fat Soldier - Hidden Temple, Door 4, in 4th ghost-vision room, jump down to the secret lower path - teaches you Combo 5 37) Doctor - Take the left hidden fork in the river ride - Heals you completely 38) Knight - Just after you've saved the violinist, next room - teaches you Combo 6 39) Bearded guy from intro - Ice castle, in the first ice block maze - removes poison and gives you 10BP 40) Graduate Girl - Hidden Temple, Door 3, in second rotating-block room (x) - Required for the battle with the first stone guardian (*) - Required for the haunted forest maze in chapter 4 Combo List Combo 1 - Rushing Stab - Run, then Sq Combo 2 - Skewer - Catch an enemy and press Tri, Sq when he comes down Combo 3 - Cross Cutter - Sq, Tri Combo 4 - Leaping Blade Combination - Sq, Sq, Tri Combo 5 - Flying Blades Combination - Sq, Tri, Sq, Tri Combo 6 - Blade Dive - Double jump, then Tri at top of jump Minkus 1)Near to upper exit, hill on left side, just below plant keeper's house 2)To the left of where Musashi challenged the masked man to a climbing contest, up the slope 3)Also near the spot where you went for a climbing contest use your water magic to walk south and you'll eventually reach a clearing and that's where the Minku is 4)Back to where the first crystal guardian was fought, in the stone ring 5)Above the gondola, near the place where the ant broke into 6)Area below the well - in the northern wall, jump to it using platforms after the area is drained and filled 7)Room with the holy flower, ride the outermost platform till you reach a few small ledges - it's on one of them 8)Forest - in the area where you can choose to go left bridge (sleepy mushrooms) or right bridge (steam pipes area) - secret passage on the left side before crossing the bridge to the haunted forest 9)Also in the forest- use water walk magic and run along the river - it's on the bank at the furthest end of the river 10)Just before getting the wind rune, you can see one running about in the immediate area (at night, that is) 11)After following the ant into the mine, go down the left passage at night 12)In chapter 5, where you climb up to activate the fan and rail after killing a pair of snakes 13)Near the wind rune sign which leads to the sky palace, use the earth rune and mountain climbing ability to get there --------------------------------------------------------------------- 6. Acknowledgements - Myself (email@example.com) - for having slogged through the entire game knowing very well that I'm probably not going to get anywhere without any knowledge of Japanese... but finished it anyway! - Ken Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Without his help, I'd probably won't even get pass the 2nd chapter. Most of this material comes from his helpful e-mails. Thanks man. - Ivan S Chang (email@example.com) - gave me a whole lot of errata and translations. Also gave info on limited edition figures, musicians and some other info here and there. - Ponlayuk Meemeskul (firstname.lastname@example.org)- For the helpful list of 12 of the 13 Minkus of the game. - Richardo (email@example.com) - Gave info on the get-in abilities of new monsters in chapters 5 & 6. Also gave info on the Mega Minku in chapter 6! - Darren (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Pointed out a little directional error in the mine in chapter 2. What can I say but... oops? - Ignacio de Lucas (email@example.com) pointed out that the counter move can be used at the BEGINNING of the game. Heh heh, oops again. - Casey Tong (firstname.lastname@example.org) reminded me about the rain bit I missed at the beginning of chapter 6 - yeah yeah, oops again. Gave me some other bits of info too that I can't quite remember - sorry! - Bran Tlintarn (email@example.com) clarified some info concerning the Mega Minku and it's limited edition figure, as well as info here and there concerning the other limited edition toys. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Brave Fencer Musashiden is a copyright of Squaresoft. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks to Revolution readers Jerrold Ng and Woohooboy!