The 'How To's of Wawku Shrine
Right, I've noticed a lot of people seem to struggle with Wawku Shrine at some stage or another. I did too, so I'm not picking on anyone here, but posting from experience.
1) How to beat the two Demon Owl Nechuku (round 1)
In this first fight, you only appear to be pitted against one mechanical owl, and it would seem your old self Shiranui has teamed up to fight alongside you. Now in truth you can let Shiranui do all the work, as she will quite happily give the Demon a beating while you run around and do whatever you see fit. It is VERY good to have Thunder Edge equipped for this fight, just because of it's power. It will be even more useful later on though. If you don't want to use Thunder Edge, then Solar Flare will suffice.
2) How to get past the Golden Cannon
Now this was a biggie - myself included. I ran around for at least two night figuring out how to best the cannon and dispell the barrier to carry on with game. And then it hit me. The way to do this is easy; treat the cannon like you might a possessed tree (you know, the ones you saw at Tsuta Ruins and all that). Use the Veil of Mist technique to slow time down and the cannon ball will become visible. Quickly slash the projectile, and it will then bounce back into the cannon. Do this once or twice and hey presto, the cannon will explode. Easy solution to what appeared to be a complex problem. With the cannon gone the barrier behind is dispelled too, leaving you to go on.
3) How to get past the burning wheels after the Golden Cannon
Well just in case you didn't catch it, the icicles on the platform where the Golden Cannon was seem to circle some mound of ice. Melt it, and you should find a cold, ball made of ice, exactly the same to the ones you see earlier in Tsuta Ruins and Moon Cave. However, use Divine Wind to move it along inside the hall, since it hurts to touch. Once it's inside, use your new icy tehnique to freeze the wheels and jump across them. (Be careful, the ice melts after a while. And if you can't see the ball of ice, then use the wheels. Once they are frozen, they too can be used as a source of ice)
4) How to beat Lechuku and Nechuku
Well actually this is kinda self explanitory, but can still prove tricky. This time, rather than Shiranui aiding you, Oki will fight at your side. The trick to this is to have Thunder Edge equipped, firstly. When Lechuku (the golden birdy) takes his staff, or sword - whichever you takes your fancy - into the air, it saves you the trouble of looking about for a lightning bolt. Thunder Edge is your new, time saving source of lightning. This stuns the Demon, which triggers Oki to run to you and sit himself neatly in a new ice bow. Simply hold down the triangle button for a few seconds, or a minute for safety, and then run up after Oki and belt the Demon one with your Glaive. Attack like mad. IF you have two Glaives equipped and are able to use them in succession, or together at the same time, do so. It makes killing the demon so much faster.
Also it is good to note every action the birds do can have a reaction. If one of them shoots a plant at you, use your Bloom technique to open it. If Nechuku throws projectiles at you much like the trees did, then slash them and send them back. This is how you stun the silver owl, and then it is the same with firing Oki at it.
Not so much as strategy more than react to what the birds do. It's nice and simple if you remember what to do at which points in time.
Well, hope I helped!
Added by: dark_dragon_storm May 12th 2007, ID#26445