Team Mission FAQ by syaoran-kun
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 on SuperCheats.com
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Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 - Version 1.0 - 19/03/2010
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Written by: Jan Doek 
Gamefaqs ID: syaoran-kun
E-mail: Linkplayer@hotmail.com
System: PlayStation 3
Version 1.0 - 19/03/2010

This FAQ Copyright 2010 Jan Doek

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Index
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1  - Update History
2  - About this FAQ
3  - About the Author
4  - The characters
5  - Weapons
6  - Secret Arts
7  - Acolyte missions
8  - Warrior missions
9  - Mentor missions
10 - Master Ninja missions
11 - Ultimate Ninja missions
12 - Thanks guys!

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1. Update History
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v.1.0 - 16/03/2010 - FAQ Completed
v.1.1 - 25/03/2010 - Fixed error in Secret Arts section and added alternative 
	strategies for the Volf and Zedonius fight in Master Ninja 3

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2. About this FAQ
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After months of training (and dying) to finally beat Team Mission Mode, 
I found out that nobody made a faq for this crazy mode and decided 
to make one myself.

I'm going to assume you're reading this to get information about how to become 
more effective at the missions and therefore already know the basics that 
Story Mode teaches you. So I won't be covering stuff like controls or general 
tips and will be using a lot of terms like OLUT (On Landing UT).

All missions will come with video links at the bottom.

I hope this faq will help you guys beat this mode. 

Good luck! You're gonna need it!

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3. About the Author
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My name is Jan Doek. I live in the Netherlands, Limburg and have been a gamer 
for the past 16 years. I play hack & slash games and RPG's mostly but I'm in 
for anything good. 

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4. The characters
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Here follows a brief description of the characters. This includes the pro's 
and con's of each character and recommended combo's.

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Ryu Hayabusa
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The well known Dragon Ninja returns for another game. Boasting the most 
diverse weapon- and combo set, plus 4 Ninpo's and a good balance between speed 
and power, he's the preferred choice for pretty much any mission.

For more detail on his weapons, their pro's and con's and the recommended 
combo's to use, check the "Weapons" section below.

Pro's:

- Great diversity and balance
- You spend most of the time in Story Mode using him

Con's: 

- None
 
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Momiji
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Momiji first appeared in the Ninja Gaiden game for the DS, but she left her 
katana behind for a naginata in this game. 

She's the best dodger in the game, not counting Rachel's Twirl exploit, and 
controls the air like no other with her aerial ET/UT and double jump. Of the 3 
girls she's in the middle when it comes to speed and power.

Pro's:

- Double jump
- Aerial ET/UT 
- Longer I-frames with dashing (unconfirmed)
- Can chain her Aerial ET/UT into OT ad infinitum
- Great S counter move
- Better Guillotine Throw than Ryu's 
- Well balanced character

Con's:

- Lacks the power of Ryu and Rachel
- Izuna Drop has a bad habit of not connecting

Best combo's:

 
S, S, S, S, T 
S, S, T 
T, T, T 
>S, S, T 
S counter

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Rachel
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Rachel is a popular character that appeared in Ninja Gaiden 1 and was made 
playable for the Sigma version. However, she infuriated the majority of the 
community because she wasn't as strong as advertised and her slow and clumsy 
fighting style forced gamers to abuse counters above all else.

Now she returns, but with an incredible amount of upgrades. 

First off, her stupid projectile from the first game has been replaced for a 
machine gun that obliterates all enemies and even one of the bosses. 
Secondly, her power has been increased a lot and she even rivals Ryu's 
strongest weapon (BotA) in sheer killing power and that's without counting in 
that absurdly powerful machine gun. 
Thirdly, her combo's have been changed to be shorter and more effective. 
And finally, her UT has been replaced by an imitation of the Eclipse Scythe's 
UT, but with more power and the ability to use I-frames even at a level 0 
charge.

Oh, and be sure to check out #20 in the Secret Arts section. It's a vital 
Rachel technique for beating the missions.

Pro's:

- Immense power
- Machine gun kills like crazy
- Great UT
- ET/UT provides I-frames even at a level 0 charge
- Can act as a decoy for bosses by abusing the Twirl's invincibility
- Easy to use and master

Con's:

- Slower than the other characters
- No Guillotine Throw
- She's still got no fashion sense whatsoever...

Best combo's:

S, S, S, S
S, T, T, OLUT 
S, S, T, T
>S, S, S

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Ayane
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Ayane made cameo appearances in both Ninja Gaiden 1 and 2. She's made playable 
for the first time in Sigma 2, but it seems like Team Ninja is intent on 
having at least one character around to annoy people. 

She is weak in every aspect, from combo's to UT. This isn't helped by her 
being a character that focuses on multi-hit combo's and OT's so her use for 
most boss fights is practically zero.

She does, however, posses the highest delimb rate in the game, is very fast 
and agile and her Flying Swallow is a OHKO beast!

Pro's:

- The best at delimbing and OT'ing enemies
- Flying Swallow is a beast!
- Can loop Rasetsu (Master Ninja 02 only)
- Very fast and agile


Con's:

- Sucks for most boss fights 
- Weak in pretty much anything she does

Best combo's:

S, S, S, S, S, S
>S, S, S
S, S, >S, S
T, T, T

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5. Weapons
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The following is a list of all the weapons for Ryu in the game and their uses 
for Team Mission Mode. I will list the pro's and con's of each weapon and 
provide info on the best combo's to use with them. 

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Dragon Sword / True Dragon Sword
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The Dragon Sword/True Dragon Sword is what it always has been: a well 
balanced, good but never great weapon for any situation. 

Because of that it isn't very effective for Team Missions as the missions are 
tailored to very specific weapon strategies.

Pro's:

- Very well balanced
- High damage 

Con's:

- Gets outclassed by other weapons
- Very few uses thanks to the specific weapon strategies needed for the 
  missions

Best combo's:

S, S, T, Shuriken, T 
S, T, S, S, S, T  
FS x3
S, S, S, T 
S, T (hold), T, T, T x3

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Lunar Staff
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This weapon didn't have many uses in Sigma 1 but for Sigma 2 it's received 
some very hefty upgrades, making it the 3rd best weapon in the game.

Pro's:

- The 360 ET/UT is a great killing tool
- Izuna Drop is the best in the game and can loop Genshin and Fiend Ryu
- Can do OHKO's on Fiend Ryu

Con's:

- Not as powerful against bosses as some of the other weapons
- Being a multi-hit weapon, it's effectiveness against humanoid bosses is   
  low

Best combo's:

S, S, T 
S, T, S, S, T 
S, >T, T, T, T
T, T, T, T, T

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Falcon's Talons
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A very cool weapon but completely useless for this mode as it gets outclassed 
by every other weapon in every field. 

At least you can easily recognize noobs thanks to it. If somebody uses this 
weapon for a Master Ninja/Ultimate Ninja mission, he/she is a noob 98% of the 
time.

Pro's:

- It looks cool...

Con's:

- Gets outclassed in all fields by the other weapons 

Best combo's:

SSTT 
S, S, S, T (hold) 
S, T, S, S, S, T  
>S, S, S, T (hold) 
>S, S, S, S, S, S 
FS, S, T 

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Vigoorian Flail
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Another weapon that's useless for this mode and one that even noobs don't use. 
Its lack of power is astounding and the only good things it has going for it 
are Piercing Mountain, which is useless on the higher difficulties, and a high 
delimb rate. 

Pro's:

- Great for delimbing and OT'ing humanoid enemies

Con's:

- Very weak damage
- Sucks for bosses due to being a multi-hit weapon
- Hard to use

Best combo's:

Most of them end in Piercing Mountain anyway...

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Enma's Fang
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The "new" weapon added to Sigma 2. It will look very familiar to Sigma 1 vets 
tough as it's just the Dabilahro with a new skin. It's also surprisingly fast 
for a heavy hitting weapon. 

Pro's:

- Can launch heavy type enemies
- High damage
- Surprisingly fast
- Good AoE UT

Con's: 

- Hard to handle
- UT suffers from increased enemy health in Sigma 2
- Gets outshined by the Blade of the Archfiend in the damage department, which
  is also an easier weapon to use than the Enma's Fang

Best combo's:

S, S ,S ,S ,S, T
S, S, S, S, T, S, S, T 
>S, S ,S 
S, T, S, S, T  

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DCTF / Blade of the Archfiend
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The most used weapon in Team Missions and for a good reason. It boasts the 
highest damage of any weapon, can abuse I-frames at will and is a downright 
killer for almost every boss.

Pro's:

- Amazing damage
- Great combo potential
- Boss killer
- Can abuse I-frames with 360T

Con's:

- Easy to use but hard to master

Best combo's:

T, T,T, T  
S, S, T, T  
S, T, S, S, S, T
T, T, >T, S, S, T
S, S, >S, S, S, S 
S, T (hold), TTTT
360T

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Kusari-gama
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I highly recommend watching the Ninja Assassin movie to see the awesomesauce 
this weapon is! 

The weapon is, unfortunately, very underrated by the general community because 
of its very steep learning curve and low damage output (some combo's are 
surprisingly powerful tough). 

However, in the hands of a master this weapon can destroy normal enemies with 
its excellent throw- and crowd control game. It's also one of the only 2 
weapons in the game that can be effectively used against Fiend Genshin.

Pro's:

- Freakin' awesome weapon!
- Excellent grab game
- Great for crowd control
- Great for Fiend Genshin
- Surprisingly powerful with the right moves

Con's:

- Very steep learning curve
- Low damage if you don't know which combo's to use
- Only useful for 1 high difficulty mission
- Being mostly a multi-hit weapon, it loses effectiveness against humanoid
  bosses

Best combo's:
 
360T, T, T 
Air T, S, S
T, T, T, T, T, T
Anything that ends in a grab

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Tonfa
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Say hello to the 2nd best weapon for Team Missions: the Tonfa. 

With the best ET/UT in the game, high power with certain combo's, the ability 
to dash mid-combo and being able to create your own combo's it's easily the 
best weapon in the game!

Oh, and it's the best weapon to use against Fiend Genshin too. 

The only 2 reasons it gets 2nd place for Team Missions is because its single 
hit combo's (needed for the Greater Fiends and similar bosses) don't have the 
power that the BotA has so they will take longer to defeat and the 360T comes 
out slower than the BotA's.

Pro's:

- Best ET/UT in the game!
- Delimbs enemies like a beast!
- High power on certain combo's
- Mid-combo dashing
- "Create your own combo" ability
- Mid-combo dash can chain into OLUT without having to jump
- Fiend Genshin killer
- Can abuse I-frames with 360T
- ET/UT provides I-frames even at a level 0 charge
- Invincibility during Flying Swallow (check Secret Art #9 & 10)

Con's: 

- Lower damage output than the BotA
- Hard weapon to use and master
- 360T has longer start up time than the BotA's
- Suffers a bit in effectiveness against the Greater Fiends

Best combo's:
 
S, T, S, S, T 
>T, T, dash S, T
>T, T, dash T
S, S, >T
360T

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Eclipse Scythe
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A kickass weapon that unfortunately got nerfed for Sigma 2. It's UT with that 
large range and the Flying Swallow that chains into a grab are still as 
awesome as ever tough. Too bad the scythe ends up being overshadowed by the 
top 3 weapons in almost every field.

Pro's:

- Long distance UT
- FS chains into grab
- Good damaging combo's
- Good grab game
- Good crowd control

Con's:

- Not very effective against most bosses
- Damage output for certain moves has been nerfed for the Sigma 2 version
- Loses in power to the BotA

Best combo's:

T, T ,T
S, S, T
S, T, T
>T (hold), T, S, T
360T

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6. Secret Arts
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Here follows a list of videos demonstrating various secret techniques 
discovered by the Ninja Gaiden community. These range from loops and useful 
glitches to tricks that can OHKO certain bosses. 

Most of these techniques are only useful for Story Mode encounters, but some 
are real handy to have for Team Missions so that's why they're included in 
this faq.

Note: Secret Art #20 wasn't recorded by me. Kudos to FusionZX for making that 
one.

Secret Art #1 Genshin Lunar Loop: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKEouoFf5YM
Discovered by: ?
 
Secret Art #2 Genshin Enma's Fang Loop: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw01H6oWMVk
Discovered by: ?

Secret Art #3 Alexei Dragon Sword Loop: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPwZsiBADC4
Discovered by: ?
 
Secret Art #4 Alexei Eclipse Scythe Loop: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC47C_EkI8A
Discovered by: ?
 
Secret Art #5 Volf Blade of the Archfiend Loop: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo-o2fW1aDY
Discovered by: Darcizzle
 
Secret Art #6 Zedonius Eclipse Scythe Loop: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62YvjaYk0Ic
Discovered by: ?
 
Secret Art #7 Elizebeth and the Invisible Wall: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDwOi2wL9I0
Discovered by: ?
 
Secret Art #8 Rasetsu Eclipse Scythe Loop: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwUeNgeyd5Y
Discovered by: ?
 
Secret Art #9 & 10 Infinite Garland Flower Drop/Stone Breaker: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMpf8BRpDfI
Discovered by: ?

Secret Art #11 Fiend Ryu Lunar Loop: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3WfWYQI9jE
Discovered by: ?
 
Secret Art #12 Fiend Ryu Momiji Loop: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmEGTTIxK6Y
Discovered by: ?
 
Secret Art #13 Fiend Ryu Ayane Loop: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2chYDgwkFY
Discovered by: Gen2000 & Nasbin
 
Secret Art #14 Fiend Ryu Lunar OHKO Trick: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkaozYw_j2w
Discovered by: ?

Secret Art #15 Fiend Ryu Eclipse Scythe Loop: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GPtzUVR5_8
Discovered by: natto3mai

Secret Art #16 Fiend Ryu Dragon Sword Loop: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfdLEAqU4gM
Discovered by: Kuro-puppy

Secret Art #17 Fiend Ryu Vigoorian Flail Loop:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZxS-SQ4658
Discovered by: Kuro-puppy

Secret Art #18 Fiend Ryu Falcon's Talons Loop: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1FbqXOD3cE
Discovered by: Kuro-puppy

Secret Art #19 Fiend Genshin takes a break: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT1T0tGx-9E
Discovered by: ?

Secret Art #20 Rachel Twirls: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6CZHrVN8f4
Discovered by: ?

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7. Acolyte missions
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These missions will introduce you to the online mode called "Team Missions". 

These first 10 missions can be considered a joke and serve no other purpose as 
to try out some weapons and waste your time. As such the strategies will be 
very brief for this section. 

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Acolyte 01
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You'll be fighting a bunch of gray ninja's with some archers added into the 
mix. 

Blast the archers with arrows and fight the gray ninja's with some Izuna's, 
UT's or whatever you feel like throwing at them.

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1wwggTvN_k

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Acolyte 02
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Tactical ninja's and ninja dogs this time around. 

Take care of the rocket launchers first and go nuts on whatever is left.

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0UFHsr_Vy8 

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Acolyte 03
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Various ninja types and a bunch of archers on the centre platform to annoy 
you. 

Blast the archers with the machine gun or arrows and have fun with the rest of 
them.

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkSK-R4peZU

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Acolyte 04
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A bunch of low-class and mid-class Fiends. 

Grab some heavy hitters or delimb weapons and tear them apart!

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RevB-RpMJM

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Acolyte 05
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Werewolves accompanied by chainsaw zombies and a lot of flying dragons. 

Take the dragons down first with arrows or a Team Ninpo so they won't 
interrupt you all the time and then take down the werewolves and zombies. They 
have a lot of health so UT's and OT's are the best choice.

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Wxp4qp3FCQ

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Acolyte 06
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A bunch of Imps, Gajas and zombies. 

Since the battle takes place on a long road, the Eclipse Scythe UT can do some 
real SOVIET DAMAGE to the enemies!

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnHxzSK7hKE

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Acolyte 07
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Tactical ninja's and the big machine Fiends. 

Take down the projectile dudes first as usual and then focus on the machine 
Fiends. Tonfa and Lunar UT's are great for taking out those big guys.

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SW04IYZe_Q

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Acolyte 08
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All variations of the Tactical ninja's, including the ones with multiple 
rocket launchers and a very annoying arena... 

Move around taking everything down with Izuna's and arrows. Or you can save 
yourself the hassle and pick Rachel with that awesome machine gun.

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOtOid3Dtts

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Acolyte 09
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Normal and claw ninja's, plus some archers.

You'll be crowded a lot in this one. Pick something that's good at crowd 
control like the Kusari-gama and take them down. 

Don't worry about the archers, they're a minimal threat in this one.

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7No6Zy9VSGw

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Acolyte 10
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A bunch of Fiend types and a lot of bugs.

With all the bugs around this mission is best handled with a weapon with good 
AoE UT's like the Enma's Fang or the Eclipse Scythe.

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ex3BPSxDb5o

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8. Warrior missions
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Starting with these missions you'll be encountering bosses, most of the times 
appearing after beating an enemy wave.

While you can still pick whatever you like and go nuts on the enemies, picking 
the right weapons and characters will make things go more smoothly. So 
starting from here there'll be character/weapon recommendations for each of 
the missions.

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Warrior 01
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Anyone
Weapon: 	Anything
Projectile:	Anything
Ninpo: 		Anything

Player 2
Character: 	Anyone
Weapon: 	Anything
Projectile:	Anything
Ninpo: 		Anything

The Buddha Statue is back for a rematch and he's brought some friends!

First part is pretty much the same as Acolyte 01 but in a smaller arena and no 
archers, beat the ninja's and then he'll appear. 

Split up and take down the hands. Since the statue can only attack with one 
arm at the same time, whoever isn't being attacked can wail on the inactive 
arm for free. Once one hand is down, focus on the other one together and it 
should fall quickly as well. Take down the head and this easy mission is done.

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9RYbCxY-UE

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Warrior 02
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Rachel
Weapon: 	Inferno Hammer
Projectile:	Type 666 Heavy Machine Gun
Ninpo: 		The Magic of Raging Aphrodite

Player 2
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Anything
Projectile:	Howling Cannon
Ninpo: 		Anything

Same as the previous missions but with slightly tougher enemies and the Statue 
of Liberty as the boss.

Kill the fiends with the usual UT/Izuna/machine gun spam and the boss will 
appear.

Split up and take down the hands. Since the statue can only attack with one 
arm at the same time, whoever isn't being attacked can wail on the inactive 
arm for free. Once one hand is down, focus on the other one together and it 
should fall quickly as well. 

Be careful when she's at 50% health because she'll add the lightning orbs to 
her attacks. Take the 2nd hand down quickly. Take aim at her neck and fire a 
few free shots.

Once she starts attacking the one that isn't targeted can get some distance 
and take free shots. The one being targeted can fire 1 shot after the 
lightning orbs stop.

Keep this up and she'll be down before you know it.

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khT9i8TjUSY

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Warrior 03
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Blade of the Archfiend
Projectile:	Howling Cannon
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Piercing Void

Player 2
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Enma's Fang
Projectile:	Howling Cannon
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Piercing Void

Kill all the fiends again with UT spam this time and then it's boss time!

Get underneath him and wail on him. If he starts spinning, block the first 
blow and keep dodging towards the boss till it stops. Repeat the beating until 
he's down.

If for some reason one of the players has a very big red health bar, you can 
get some distance and just blast the boss with the cannon till he trips. Go to 
him and whack him some more until he gets up and repeat the cannon blasting. 

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv7s60SJCwk

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Warrior 04
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Blade of the Archfiend or Tonfa
Projectile:	Fiend's Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		Anything

Player 2
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Anything
Projectile:	Fiend's Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		Anything

Kill some fiends with UT's and Izuna's, boss appears. 

Always stay close to Alexei! He's dangerous if you allow him to get into the 
air and start his ranged attacks. At close range he's pretty much a joke.

Retaliate with a 4 hit combo after dodging the 3-hit combo or grab and have 
your partner stay back for revives. Hit him once after dodging his electric 
pound to make sure he stays on the ground.

If you don't feel like using strategy...team up and go complete nutshit on 
him!

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWaXLs88LjA

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Warrior 05
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Rachel/Ryu
Weapon: 	Inferno Hammer/Eclipse Scythe
Projectile:	Type 666 Heavy Machine Gun/Fiend's Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		The Magic of Raging Aphrodite/Anything

Player 2
Character: 	Rachel/Ryu
Weapon: 	Inferno Hammer/Eclipse Scythe
Projectile:	Type 666 Heavy Machine Gun/Fiend's Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		The Magic of Raging Aphrodite/Anything

Beat the enemies with UT's and Izuna's/STT combo's (Rachel) and the boss 
appears. Yeah, the warrior missions won't be winning any prizes for 
creativity...

Charge UT's and hit her. Try and time it so the both of you are alternating 
between charging and firing at her. Watch the video below to see what I mean.

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bjYOOmc2g4

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Warrior 06
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Blade of the Archfiend
Projectile:	Fiend's Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Piercing Void

Player 2
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Tonfa
Projectile:	Fiend's Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Piercing Void

Here's where are things are going to get a bit more interesting.

Take the dragons out first with some arrow and get started on the usual recipe 
for carnage. After awhile there'll be some more dragons so take 'em out with 
arrows or a Team Ninpo. Then it's time to take down that dragon!

Attack the dragon from the side with the TTTT (BotA) and >T, T, dash T 
combo's. Use the 360T moves to dodge his difficult attacks like the ground 
pound. Once he's at 40% health you can OT him to get rid of his tail. Now 
he'll enter his fire state and you'll need to shift to attacking him from 
behind.

Keep it up till he's death.

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gijevjZwCeI

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Warrior 07
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Kusari-gama
Projectile:	Fiend's Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Piercing Void

Player 2
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Tonfa
Projectile:	Fiend's Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Piercing Void

Ninja dogs and various fiend types. You know the drill, get to it!

After that Obaba appears and she's a tricky one coz she has the ability to 
interrupt you mid-combo with a grab. Very cheap when combined with the OHKO 
stuff on the highest difficulty.

That's where Kusari-gama comes in. You see, the Air T, S, S combo is actually 
one of the few combo's in the game capable of negating the mid-combo grab 
shenanigans displayed by some bosses.

Retaliate with it after dodging an attack or throw in some UT's if it's 
getting dangerous until she's dead. There, that wasn't so hard now was it?

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L_OxzUKgZs

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Warrior 08
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Anyone
Weapon: 	Anything
Projectile:	Anything
Ninpo: 		Anything

Player 2
Character: 	Anyone
Weapon: 	Anything
Projectile:	Anything
Ninpo: 		Anything

Weapons don't really matter for this one so pick something and have fun!

Insert usual carnage recipe until Marbus joins the fray.

Dodge his attacks and wait for him to start spinning. Dodge this attack and 
he'll crash into the floor, giving you a chance to hit him. Attack from behind 
to avoid his wake-up grab until he gets up. 

After around 20-25% damage the crab fiends will appear again, get rid of them 
first before they become an annoyance. Continue fighting Marbus like before 
and taking care of reinforcements as they appear until he dies.

Oh, and be careful not to let essence float around. Marbus can absorb it and 
use it for an UT!

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf389Bm6lnE

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Warrior 09
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Tonfa
Projectile:	Fiend's Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Piercing Void

Player 2
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Tonfa
Projectile:	Fiend's Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Piercing Void

Kill the regular and claw ninja's until it's boss time once more. This time 
it's the Tengu brothers looking for yet another rematch. 

The archers will keep respawning until the Tengu's are dead, so ignore them 
for now. Get the attention of one Tengu and lure him away while your partner 
does the same. Fight him while staying very close to the wall the archers are 
on so they can't hit you. 

The Tengu's have the same mid-combo shenanigans as Obaba, which they'll 
automatically do with any combo that's longer then 2 hits (it's extremely rare 
but they CAN grab you after a 2 hit combo). 
This time you need to use the >T, T, dash T combo for retaliation. The dash T 
part will help you dodge any incoming attacks or interrupt them. Use this 
alongside poking him once with >T after each ground pound and using S counter 
on the first hit of his combo's to take him down. If he uses The Art of the 
Wind Blades you must get some distance until it's over.

As a final warning, if he suddenly jumps back you need to chase him and hit 
him once or he'll activate a grab.

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s67hTQDwEME

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Warrior 10
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Eclipse Scythe
Projectile:	Fiend's Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Inferno

Player 2
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Eclipse Scythe
Projectile:	Fiend's Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Inferno

Secret Art #8 will make this mission a joke!

Do a Team Ninpo right from the start and lure one Rasetsu away from the other. 
Spam 360T nonstop until the Rasetsu is ripe for an UT while your partner does 
the same with the other. The 360T will interrupt anything Rasetsu does and 
also provides a good protection against ninja interference. 

Charge an UT once both Rasetsu and the ninja's are dead and unleash it when 
the next batch of enemies appear. 

Repeat the process for the 2nd wave of Rasetsu/ninja's.

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAEN7VePuOA 

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9. Mentor missions
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From here on out the difficulty will pick up quite a bit. Good weapon choices 
and teamwork will be important factors for success. Information for individual 
phases will be given from here on out. 

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Mentor 01
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Tonfa or Lunar
Projectile:	Fiend?s Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Inferno

Player 2
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Tonfa or Lunar
Projectile:	Fiend?s Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Inferno

A not so difficult mission compared to the rest of the Mentor missions, but 
still a big step up from what you encountered in the Acolyte missions. 

You'll be fighting multiple groups of enemies that consist of mages, normal 
ninja's, claw ninja's, archers and their Fiend versions.

Phase 1

Time to split up! Move up the stairs and take out those pesky archers while 
the other player fights on the ground floor. After that?s done, join up on the 
ground and fight them using OLUT's, OT's and Izuna Drops.

Be sure to take out the mages first whenever they appear, they can really mess 
up your combat if left unchecked. 

After awhile of ass kicking the Fiend versions will take over with some 
archers thrown in the mix. Repeat the same strategy and throw in a Team Ninpo 
if someone is getting low on health.

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnGv3cFHEik

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Mentor 02
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Tonfa/Lunar/Blade of the Archfiend
Projectile:	Fiend?s Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Inferno

Player 2
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Tonfa/Lunar/Blade of the Archfiend
Projectile:	Fiend?s Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Inferno

Pretty much an Acolyte mission but tougher...

Phase 1

Beat all the various fiends with UT's and OT's until the ninja reinforcements 
appear. Make the rocket launchers your top priority as always and take 
everything down.

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZi71xYhf4w

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Mentor 03
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Rachel
Weapon: 	Inferno Hammer
Projectile:	Type 666 Heavy Machine Gun
Ninpo: 		The Magic of Raging Aphrodite

Player 2
Character: 	Rachel
Weapon: 	Inferno Hammer
Projectile:	Type 666 Heavy Machine Gun
Ninpo: 		The Magic of Raging Aphrodite

Pretty much a Warrior mission but tougher...

Phase 1

Destroy all the tactical ninja's with machine gun/UT spam and the boss will 
appear.

Phase 2

Whoever isn't targeted by the boss should stay far back and shower him with 
bullets while the other player gets underneath the boss. Block the ground 
pound and hit him with a SSTT combo afterwards. 

When the ninja reinforcements appear, have the non targeted player take care 
of them with machine gun fire or do a Team Ninpo. Keep this up and the boss 
will die soon.

Note: the lamp post in the middle of the arena can actually be used like you 
did with Genshin's corpse in the Elizebeth fight. Reposition both players so 
that the lamp post is between you and the boss and gun him to death!

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeOvS7udtI4

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Mentor 04
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Tonfa
Projectile:	Fiend?s Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Inferno

Player 2
Character: 	Rachel
Weapon: 	Inferno Hammer
Projectile:	Type 666 Heavy Machine Gun
Ninpo: 		The Magic of Raging Aphrodite

Another relatively easy mission, just one with a very annoying camera...

Phase 1

Split up and start taking down the ninja's on both sides of the waterway with 
the usual UT and Izuna Drop barrage. Rocket launcher ninja's are top priority 
as usual. After not too much time there'll be a pause and Fiend Genshin 
appears.

Phase 2

The Rachel player must get some distance and keep the rocket launcher ninja's 
busy with gunfire. Meanwhile the Ryu player takes on Fiend Genshin. Dodge and 
block until he finishes a combo and retaliate with >T, >TT, dash T.

The pause after the first >T is to check if he has entered a stun animation. 
If he does, finish the combo, if not than defend and wait for the next chance. 
Keep this up and soon enough he will fall.

Since this is still Mentor difficulty you can take some risks fighting the 
boss if you want to speed things up.

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnlAW0XJcbU

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Mentor 05
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Rachel
Weapon: 	Inferno Hammer
Projectile:	Type 666 Heavy Machine Gun
Ninpo: 		The Magic of Raging Aphrodite

Player 2
Character: 	Rachel
Weapon: 	Inferno Hammer
Projectile:	Type 666 Heavy Machine Gun
Ninpo: 		The Magic of Raging Aphrodite

The first mission where you'll actually die the first time playing it!

Phase 1 

Take down the multiple waves of ninja's with UT's, machine gun spam and the 
recommended combo's. Make the mages and rocket launchers top priority once 
they appear.

Phase 2

Van Gelfs will be swarming you in this phase. Take the ones on the ground out 
with UT's or the machine gun. The machine gun isn't that great in getting 
flying Van Gelfs down so just get close to them and they'll try to land on 
you. Dodge it and hit him with a SSTT combo. It will either kill or set him up 
for an OT. Keep this up until the bosses appear.

Phase 3

2 Blind Trolls this time. Fighting them head-on is suicide so don't even try!

Both Rachels must get to the other side of the field and focus their gunfire 
on one troll till they get close. Run underneath them to the other side and 
focus your fire again till they get close. Repeat this, while taking care of 
ninja's reinforcements, until one of them dies. Use a Team Ninpo if someone is 
low on health and there are ninja's on the field.

You can kill the last troll by using the same strategy or have one player 
fight him head-on while the other provides cover fire. 

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOdhH0GrgkM

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10. Master Ninja missions
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The training is over. This is where things will get very tough real soon, real 
fast! 

As a final addition, individual strategies will be given for each phase (if 
necessary), plus information on boss A.I. changes. 
This format will also be used for the Ultimate Ninja missions.

Watching the video walkthroughs is highly recommended from here on out!!!

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Master Ninja 01
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Tonfa/Lunar
Projectile:	Howling Cannon
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Piercing Void

Player 2
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Tonfa/Lunar
Projectile:	Howling Cannon
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Piercing Void

Boss A.I. changes: None.

Right off the bat you'll get to see why the Ninja Gaiden series is considered 
tough as nails. At least one Lunar is needed for taking down Genshin.

In this one you'll be fighting multiple waves of high class enemies that have 
OHKO grabs and 2 bosses, of which the last one has around 8-10 times more 
health than any other boss in the game, ouch!

Phase 1

Take down the various ninja's, prioritizing long range enemies, until this 
phase is over and the health chest appears.

Phase 2

Genshin = Secret Art #1.

Phase 3

Charge UT's right after opening the chest and unleash when the enemies appear. 
All the enemies are fiends with high health so go nuts with UT's.

Phase 4

Charge UT's again and unleash when they appear. Go nuts with UT's on the 
fiends but try to take the mages down first with Izuna Drops if you can. After 
2 waves are dead it's boss time again!

Phase 5

The Bone Fiend will be your opponent along with Red Gaja reinforcements. 
Charge an UT before they appear and try to take the 2 Gajas down with it. Once 
the Gajas are dead you'll be fighting big ol' bones here with his x10 health 
bar...

No matter how good you are, the boss will outlast you in direct combat! 

The Ryu with the Lunar must get underneath the boss and continually charge and 
release UT's while the other Ryu stands back and fires the cannon at him. Keep 
this up, while reviving Lunar Ryu when necessary, until he falls down. 
Gang up on him with your strongest physical combo's (he takes more damage in 
this state) until he gets up. The Gajas will appear again each time he gets up 
so take care of them first. 

Eventually the Ryu with the Lunar will get his health bar red for around 70%. 
Now it's time for both to take distance and blast the boss with the cannon. 
Change your position if he gets too close and keep blasting him until he falls 
down. Gang up on him again and take care of the Gajas afterwards.

After what feels like an eternity the boss will finally die...

Video walkthrough part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCZHz2le8sM
Video walkthrough part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGZvJ5nJr5c

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Master Ninja 02
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Tonfa
Projectile:	Fiend's Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Piercing Void

Player 2
Character: 	Rachel
Weapon: 	Inferno Hammer
Projectile:	Type 666 Heavy Machine Gun
Ninpo: 		The Magic of Raging Aphrodite

Boss A.I. changes: The Fire Dragon will enter his fire state after losing 
around 20% health.

A very fun mission but also very tough. While the BotA is a great choice I 
prefer the Tonfa for this one as it'll make phase 2 a lot easier.

Phase 1

Do 2 Team Ninpo's right away to get rid of the pesky dragons. Separate the 2 
Rasetsu and fight them using >T, T (Ryu) and SSTT (Rachel). Taking them down 
should be easy for you at this point.

Phase 2

Ryu: after opening the chest, go left immediately and charge an ET/UT. Unleash 
it on the machine fiends when they appear and use the essence they drop to 
keep the ET/UT chain going.

Rachel: after opening the chest, go right immediately and charge an ET/UT. 
Unleash it on the machine fiends and take them down SSTT combo's and OT's. 

This chest will give you 6 red orbs. Try to split them between the 2 players 
to get 3 Team Ninpo's.

Phase 3

Oh look! A new enemy type that only appears in this part of the game! When 
you're done looking at them you can blast them with a Team Ninpo.

Phase 4

Ryu: after opening the chest, go to the right (dragon's left side) of where 
he'll appear and charge an UT. Unleash it. Soon enough the dragon will enter 
his fire state making it near impossible to attack from any side.

Keep spamming UT's and using the 360T to dodge the difficult attacks until the 
dragon is ripe for an OT. After losing its tail you can use normal combo's 
from behind but it's best to stick with UT's for safety. 

Use a Team Ninpo if someone is low on health (make sure the bugs are on the 
field) or if you want to speed up the dragon slaying.

Rachel: after opening the chest, go to the left (dragon's right side) of where 
he'll appear and whack him from the side with SSTT combo's. Once he enters his 
fire state, retreat to the far rear. 
Now you have to keep the bugs away from Ryu with gunfire until he cuts off the 
tail. 

Charge the dragon and hit him from behind with the SSTT combo to quickly take 
down the dragon. The bugs can be ignored at this point.

Use a Team Ninpo if someone is low on health (make sure the bugs are on the 
field) or if you want to speed up the dragon slaying.

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmHskvnwfgU

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Master Ninja 03
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Tonfa
Projectile:	Fiend's Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Piercing Void

Player 2
Character: 	Rachel
Weapon: 	Inferno Hammer
Projectile:	Type 666 Heavy Machine Gun
Ninpo: 		The Magic of Raging Aphrodite

Boss A.I. changes: Volf abuses his counter move like there's no tomorrow!

You might be thinking: "why the hell pick the Tonfa?! Ain't the BotA better 
for this?"

Yes, the BotA is technically a better choice because of its power but it will 
make the final battle against Fiend Genshin a lot harder. The Tonfa is the 
best weapon for that fight and although it's not as powerful as the BotA it 
can also dispatch the Greater Fiends with relative ease.

The Rachel player can't help during phases 1-3 and 5, except be on revive 
duty...

Note: Rachel can actually be useful for phases 2 and 3. See the 2 phases 
below for more information.

Phase 1

Retaliate after dodging Alexei's 3-hit combo or grab with a >TT, dash T or 
>TT, dash S, T combo. The first one is preferred as it does a bit more damage.

Always stay close to him and he'll usually just do his 3-hit combo over and 
over again. If he does his electric pound, dodge it and hit him with >T to 
make sure he stays on the ground.

Once he's dead, take a little breather and then open the chest. Divide the 
health orbs. Prepare an UT.

Phase 2

Unleash the UT for some free damage if it connects. Then you must retaliate 
Volf's combo's with the >TT, dash 360T combo, it's the most effective combo 
against Volf. Also, use 360T at the start of his slow start-up combo's for 
free damage.

He will very often break your attacks with his counter move. Dodge and block 
till he's finished and try again. Eventually he will fall...

Take a little breather again and then open the chest. Divide the health orbs.

Alternative strategy for phase 2 contributed by DaftMANIA: 

Rachel must have a charged UT ready at all times! As soon as Volf does one of 
his 2 long combo's, unleash! If you do it too late, he'll target Rachel 
afterwards. Ryu must hit him once or twice if that happens. 

Since Volf spams his counter combo you can get in a lot of UT's and speed up 
the killing process significantly this way.

Phase 3 

Zedonius will immediately take off into the air. Wait for a little bit and use 
360T to dodge his fire pound. If he's aiming for Rachel go after him, wait for 
him to finish a combo or attack and hit him with >TT, dash S, T. His attention 
will be on you again.

You can hit him with the combo after his grab or the laser. If he does the 
laser, dodge to the side and hit him with a >TT first and then the full combo 
for extra damage when he's shutting down the laser. Hit him with >T after 
dodging a physical combo to ensure he stays on the ground, but be on your 
toes as he can cancel his combo's into a grab.

You can't interrupt his fire balls with a Flying Swallow of the Tonfa so use a 
Ninpo to defend yourself.

Once he's dead take a good breather and then open the chest. Divide the health 
orbs.

Alternative strategy for phase 3 contributed by DaftMANIA:

Have Rachel stay close behind Zedonius. When he does his laser, both can hit 
him with a full combo (SSTT or TTT for Rachel) before he stops the laser. 

Do NOT hit him once he stops the laser! If you've done more then 3 hits 
during the laser part and then try to hit him when he can be staggered, his 
A.I. will go completely nuts! 

Phase 4 

Ryu: it's your job to sneak up on Elizebeth and hit her with the final hit of 
the >TT, dash T combo while she's walking towards Rachel. If you're close by 
and she does her 4-hit claw combo you can get some hits for free from behind. 

Once you get her attention you must keep some distance and dodge her attacks 
until your partner has gotten her attention again. Then repeat the above 
process until she's dead.

Rachel: get some distance and charge an UT, release as soon as she attacks to 
protect yourself with I-frames and hurt her in the process. Throw in any Team 
Ninpo's you've got left to speed things up, but only if she's walking on the 
ground or it will miss.

When your partner has gotten her attention, you can safely charge a full UT 
and release it to get her attention back. Repeat the process until she's dead.

Phase 5

Dodge and block until he finishes a combo and retaliate with >T, >TT, dash T.

The pause after the first >T is to check if he has entered a stun animation. 
If he does, finish the combo, if not than defend and wait for the next chance. 
Keep this up and soon enough he will fall.

Note: be wary of Fiend Genshin's grab once he gets to 50% health. The grab 
will become a lot faster from that point on.

Video walkthrough part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB4rzW_-LGA
Video walkthrough part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HC-EtfHXItU

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Master Ninja 04
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Rachel
Weapon: 	Inferno Hammer
Projectile:	Type 666 Heavy Machine Gun
Ninpo: 		The Magic of Raging Aphrodite

Player 2
Character: 	Rachel
Weapon: 	Inferno Hammer
Projectile:	Type 666 Heavy Machine Gun
Ninpo: 		The Magic of Raging Aphrodite

Boss A.I. changes: None

Ah! Here's one of the more fun missions in the game. So many fiends to kill, 
so little time!

Charge an UT at the end of each phase for free damage! Also, use a Team Ninpo 
whenever someone is low on health! Try to have a Team Ninpo left for phase 8.

Phase 1

Blast everything with UT's and gunfire.

Phase 2

Focus on the Van Gelfs and take 'em down quick! Clean up after that.

Phase 3

Take the rocket launchers out first with gunfire. UT's and gunfire will 
destroy the Gajas with ease.

Phase 4

Destroy the rocket launchers first again. The few Red Gajas are just cannon 
fodder.

Phase 5

Red Gajas and Werewolves. Go Call of Duty on them!

Phase 6

A LOT of rocket launchers and some big machine fiends. You won't be able to 
shoot everything fast enough so move around while taking shots when possible 
until only the machine fiends are left. 
Take those guys out with a good SSTT combo, OT's and gunfire.

Using a Team Ninpo in this phase might be wise to prevent getting hit a lot.

Phase 7

Gold Van Gelfs, Werewolves and those machine gun fiends. Try to keep them at 
bay with gunfire and switch to SSTT combo's, OT's and UT's for close range 
combat.

Keep moving around to avoid those fire balls and grabs!

Phase 8

A whole bunch of ninja dogs will charge at your position. Have one Rachel take 
centre who will blast them with UT's while the other will provide cover fire 
from the rear.

Eventually you'll be overrun, use a Team Ninpo when that happens.

Phase 9

The final phase is an easy one. Bring the rain!
 
Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fftXTTnA6Uw

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Master Ninja 05
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Rachel
Weapon: 	Inferno Hammer
Projectile:	Type 666 Heavy Machine Gun
Ninpo: 		The Magic of Raging Aphrodite

Player 2
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Lunar
Projectile:	Fiend's Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Piercing Void

Boss A.I. changes: None

Tag team match: Rachel & Ryu VS. Elizebeth and Genshin!

Phase 1

Rachel: both of them will be coming after you. Genshin will be looped by your 
partner shortly after and your job is to lure Elizebeth away from them. Once 
Genshin is dead it's time to team up.

Get some distance and charge an UT, release as soon as she attacks to protect 
yourself with I-frames and hurt her in the process. Thrown in some Team 
Ninpo's to speed things up, but only if she's walking on the ground or it will 
miss.

When your partner has gotten her attention, you can safely charge a full UT 
and release it to get her attention back. Repeat the process until she's dead.

Ryu: run to the right and flank Genshin with the Lunar Loop (check Secret Art 
#1). Soon enough he will die.

Now it's your job to sneak up on Elizebeth and hit her with the final hit of 
the SST combo while she's walking towards Rachel. If you're close by and she 
does her 4-hit claw combo you can get in a full SST combo for free from 
behind. 

Once you get her attention you must keep some distance and dodge her attacks 
until your partner has gotten her attention again. Then repeat the process 
until she's dead.

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDkapnco9cw

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11. Ultimate Ninja missions
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Welcome to your worst nightmare!!!

While the last 3 missions aren't that bad, the first 2 are so freakin' hard 
that you'll need many weeks/months of practise and tactical research to beat 
them. 

So that leaves the question: are you strong enough? Hero enough? MAN enough to 
take on the 2 fiercest missions in the galaxy?!

Yes? Then let's go!

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Ultimate Ninja 01
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Blade of the Archfiend
Projectile:	Fiend's Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Piercing Void

Player 2
Character: 	Rachel
Weapon: 	Inferno Hammer
Projectile:	Type 666 Machine Gun
Ninpo: 		The Magic of Raging Aphrodite

Boss A.I. changes: Volf can no longer counter your combo's, Elizebeth is a lot 
more aggressive and better at dodging and Alexei uses his vortex attack to 
frequently switch between players.

In this one you'll be fighting Volf, Alexei and Elizebeth at the same time, 
followed by Zedonius once 2 of them die. Yeah, it's nuts...

Phase 1

Ryu: Volf will do 1 of 2 things: UT or jumping attack. If he does the UT you 
must run to him and use Secret Art #5. You can get his health down by 50% with 
this. Fight him using 360T and the TTTT combo after that.
If he does the jumping attack, dodge to the right and hit him with the combo. 

Always try to push Volf to the left of the arena, away from the others. If you 
ever hear Alexei start his vortex, STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND USE 360T!!!	

Alexei just LOVES to interfere with your battle with this so listen well. 
Defend yourself with dodges and 360T's until Alexei leaves. 

Once Volf dies it's time to get to the exact opposite place of where Rachel is 
keeping the others busy. If you're far enough away your health bar will 
regenerate, use this trick when necessary. 

Alexei will soon enough come to you using the vortex or the dive grab. Use 
360T or a good dodge when you see him coming. Once he's in your face he'll do 
2 things: try to get you with close range dive grabs (use 360T) or he'll turn 
around and starts throwing lightning orbs. If he does the latter hit him with 
360T x2 to get his attention. 

Dodge his 3-hit combo and retaliate with a good TTTT combo. Hit him once after 
dodging his electric pound to keep him grounded. He won't take long to beat, 
but always turn the camera around while using TTTT to keep an eye on 
Elizebeth. 
She has a habit of doing a multi dash towards you and leaving again during 
this part of the mission, that's why.

Note: if you die against Volf you must retreat after the revive and wait for 
Alexei. Kill him and wait for a good chance to hit and lure Volf away. 

Note: if Rachel dies, have her start a Team Ninpo to get the bosses focussed 
on her.

With that done, retreat to the far back (near the starting point) and wait.

Rachel: go to the right end of the arena immediately and start using Secret 
Art #20. The left/right twirl is the best one to use as you can stay very 
close to the wall like this and keep the interference for Ryu to a minimum. 

It's also recommended because you can move around while using this twirl, 
which you'll need for when Zedonius appears.

Keep the twirl going until Volf and Alexei are dead. Move yourself to the 
front of the arena (near Sonia's cage) and keep the twirl going. 

Note: if you die, start a Team Ninpo to regain their attention.

Note: if Ryu ever starts a Ninpo in this mission when there's more than one 
Greater Fiend around, DON'T DO A TEAM NINPO!!!

Phase 2

Ryu: use the right analog stick to move the camera up and see what Zedonius is 
doing. He'll most likely target Rachel, if not use a 360T or Ninpo to protect 
yourself.
If he targeted Rachel as was planned, it'll be time for you to wait for a good 
moment to strike him and lure him away from Elizebeth. 

Fight him with the regular TTTT combo. Only use the combo after dodging his 
grab or the laser. If he uses the laser you can dodge to the side and get in 3 
T hits first before doing a full TTTT combo for extra damage. 
Hit him once after one of his combo's to keep him grounded and use Wind Path 
into Flying Swallow to negate his fire balls.

Once he's dead it's time to spam Elizebeth to death once again.

Sneak up on Elizebeth and hit her with the final 2 hits of the TTTT combo 
while she's walking towards Rachel. If you're close by and she does her 4-hit 
claw combo you can get in a full TTTT combo for free from behind. 

Once you get her attention you must keep some distance and dodge her attacks 
until your partner has gotten her attention again. Then repeat the process.

Rachel: keep on twirling till Zedonius appears. Once he's on the ground you 
need to move away from him and lure Elizebeth with you. Ryu can now take care 
of him. Once that's done it's UT spam time!

Get some distance and charge an UT, release as soon as she attacks to protect 
yourself with I-frames and hurt her in the process. Thrown in some Team 
Ninpo's to speed things up, but only if she's walking on the ground or it will 
miss.

When your partner has gotten her attention, you can safely charge a full UT 
and release it to get her attention back. Repeat.

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eey-wKDV3ks

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Ultimate Ninja 02
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Tonfa/Kusari-gama
Projectile:	Fiend's Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Piercing Void

Player 2
Character: 	Rachel
Weapon: 	Inferno Hammer
Projectile:	Type 666 Machine Gun
Ninpo: 		The Magic of Raging Aphrodite

Boss A.I. changes: Fiend Genshin is able to counter the dash T part of the 
Tonfa combo unless performed with frame precision.

I freakin hate this mission! However, this also happens to be the mission I'm 
most skilled at...ironic eh?

This mission can be done with either the Tonfa or the Kusari-gama, both have 
pro's and con's in this missions so pick whatever works best for you. I prefer 
the Kusari-gama for this one tough, it gets the job done faster. 

The first 3 phases serve no other purpose than to wear the players down before 
the real fight against the 3 Fiend Genshins begins...

Phase 1

Ryu (Tonfa): move towards Rasetsu, hit him once if he's not going after you. 
Fight him using >TT and UT's and stay close to the left wall. 

Ryu (Kusari-gama): move towards Rasetsu, hit him once if he's not going after 
you. Fight him using 360TTT and UT's and stay close the left wall.

Rachel: kill the archers with gunfire. Don't interfere with the Rasetsu fight 
unless you need to revive.

Phase 2

Ryu (Tonfa): do a Team Ninpo! S counter the first hit of the Tengu's combo, 
hit him with >TT, dash T (whiff the first hit) when he gets hit by Rachel's UT 
and poke him once with >T after a ground pound.

Hit him once if he hops away from you. If he uses The Art of the Wind Blades 
you must get some distance until it's over.

Ryu (Kusari-gama): do a Team Ninpo! T counter the first hit of the Tengu's 
combo, hit him with running T when he gets hit by Rachel's UT and poke him 
once with >S after a ground pound.

Hit him once if he hops away from you. If he uses The Art of the Wind Blades 
you must get some distance until it's over.

Note: don't fight the Tengu with Kusari-gama like I did in the video, stick to 
the above strategy. Got very lucky that he didn't grab me...

Rachel: do a Team Ninpo! Charge UT's and try to hit the Tengu when he finishes 
a combo, grab or pound.

Phase 3

Ryu (Tonfa): do a Team Ninpo! Fight her using >TT. If she keels over, charge 
an UT to avoid her wake-up grab. Use an ET to dodge her Ninpo. Run to the big 
black door across the arena when she dies and prepare yourself for a long and 
tough fight.

Ryu (Kusari-gama): do a Team Ninpo! Fight her using Air TSS or 360TT. They're 
the only 2 combo's that won't get you grabbed! If she keels over, charge an UT 
to avoid her wake-up grab. Use an ET to dodge her Ninpo. Run to the big blue 
door close to where you started the mission when she dies and prepare yourself 
for a long and tough fight.

Rachel: support Ryu with UT's. Try to make sure you don't hit Obaba during one 
of Ryu's combo's but only when she is attacking Ryu. Get to the centre of the 
arena once she dies and start the twirl (left/right twirl preferred).

Phase 4

Ryu (Tonfa): one of the 3 Fiend Genshins will drop near your position. Fight 
him like before but use >T, >T, >T, >T, 360T this time. The dash combo is too 
risky as he can counter you now if you don't perform it with frame precision.

After a few minutes of fighting he'll be dead and it's time to get the 2nd 
ones attention. 
Get near the 2 Fiend Genshins and charge an UT. Release it when one comes in 
range, or when one uses the fire wave (the I-frames will protect you). 
Once you hit 1 one of them, you need to lure him away and fight him. Don't 
worry about it if you happen to get both their attention,. Rachel will help 
you out if that happens. 

Kill the 2nd Fiend Genshin, attack the 3rd one to get his attention and kill 
him! 

Note: be wary of Fiend Genshin's grab once he gets to 50% health. The grab 
will become a lot faster from that point on.

Ryu (Kusari-gama): 

All 3 of them will be trying to hit Rachel. You're going to abuse this fact.

Get yourself positioned with a good amount of distance from the fight. Run 
towards them and use the running T attack to hit them from far away. 
Make sure that you hit them with the attack while they're attacking Rachel or 
you might end up running straight into a fire wave...

Take distance again and repeat this until you get the attention of one of 
them. Now fight him using Air TSS. You can only do this after certain attacks 
or you'll risk getting countered. These attacks are:

- Combo that ends in a flame uppercut
- Flaming sword charge
- Both grabs
- All aerial attacks
- Fire wave attack

Kill him and then use the running T strategy again until you get the 2nd ones 
attention. Lure him away too and kill him. Then hit the last to get his 
attention and kill him!

Note: be wary of Fiend Genshin's grab once he gets to 50% health. The grab 
will become a lot faster from that point on.

Rachel: keep twirling in the centre of the arena, reposition yourself if you 
get to close to the walls or your twirl will break. Keep this up until all 
Fiend Genshins are dead.

If Ryu is using the Tonfa you'll need to keep an eye out when he attacks the 
2nd Fiend Genshin. If he gets both of their attention you'll need to attack 
one to get the his attention back and start twirling again.

Note: once Ryu is fighting the 2nd one, you can take care of the last one by 
twirling/dodging until he finishes an attack. Charge an UT and release as soon 
as he attacks, repeat this until he's death.

If you're confident in your skills in taking Fiend Genshin out this way, then 
by all means go for it! It will only make things easier for Ryu.
Note: kudos to DARKSHADOWS2202 for teaching me the Kusari-gama running T 
strategy.

Video walkthrough part 1 (Tonfa): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nze7oB3VW4
Video walkthrough part 2 (Tonfa): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StK7MkeQBsU

Video walkthrough part 1 (Kusari): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTF4ycjjN8E
Video walkthrough part 2 (Kusari): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbXrdMWAHJE

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Ultimate Ninja 03
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Blade of the Archfiend
Projectile:	Howling Cannon
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Piercing Void

Player 2
Character: 	Rachel
Weapon: 	Inferno Hammer
Projectile:	Type 666 Machine Gun
Ninpo: 		The Magic of Raging Aphrodite

Boss A.I. changes: None.

This mission can only be won by using a glitch. Check the video to see it in 
action.

Phase 1

Ryu: do a Team Ninpo! Take down one of the Buddha Statues, should be easy for 
you at this point. Help the other player if he hasn't finished yet. Position 
yourself in the right corner of where the right statue (right statue from 
where you started the mission) was.

Rachel: do a Team Ninpo! Take down one of the Buddha Statues, should be easy 
for you at this point. Help the other player if he hasn't finished yet. Once 
they're finished you need to go to the opposite side of the arena of where Ryu 
is and start twirling (any twirl is fine). 

Phase 2

Ryu: your position will cause the Statue of Liberty to spawn focussed on your 
current position. Run underneath her arms to the other corner and start 
blasting Rachel's statue with the cannon. 

The statue near you won't be able to hit you, except with lightning pits. It 
doesn't matter if you die tough, because you'll get revived and both statues 
will be after the twirling Rachel instead (death is a good thing in this 
mission). 

Once Rachel's statue is dead you can start blasting your own statue. If you 
died before and take down one arm she'll probably target you again. Keep 
blasting until you get killed again. Now you can take some distance and keep 
shooting while Rachel twirls in front of the boss.

Rachel: keep twirling until your statue is dead. Revive Ryu when he dies and 
then return to your position.

Get in front of the 2nd statue after the 1st one dies and start twirling again 
until Ryu kills it.

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmkt_U7IVyM

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Ultimate Ninja 04
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Lunar
Projectile:	Fiend's Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Inferno

Player 2
Character: 	Ryu
Weapon: 	Lunar
Projectile:	Fiend's Bane Bow
Ninpo: 		The Art of the Inferno

Boss A.I. changes: None.

How did this one make it into the Ultimate Ninja pack? it's even easier than 
most of the Warrior missions!

Phase 1

Ryu (player 1): lure one Fiend Ryu away from the other, defeat him using the 
Lunar Loop (check Secret Art #11).

Ryu (player 2): lure one Fiend Ryu away from the other, defeat him using the 
Lunar Loop (check Secret Art #11).

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phHMEYS9Hi0

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Ultimate Ninja 05
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Player 1 (host)
Character: 	Rachel
Weapon: 	Inferno Hammer
Projectile:	Type 666 Heavy Machine Gun
Ninpo: 		The Magic of Raging Aphrodite

Player 2
Character: 	Rachel
Weapon: 	Inferno Hammer
Projectile:	Type 666 Heavy Machine Gun
Ninpo: 		The Magic of Raging Aphrodite

Boss A.I. changes: None.

This is more like it! A tricky one if you don't know how to, but that's where 
this faq is for. Let's bring this final mission down!!!

Phase 1 

Rachel (player 1): wait a bit for player 2 to get their attention. Get a good 
amount of distance and keep blasting them with UT's.

Rachel (player 2): go towards them to get all 3 of them after you. Start 
twirling (any twirl is fine) and keep doing this until the Fiend Ryu's are 
dead.

Phase 2

Rachel (player 1): keep blasting!

Rachel (player 2): keep twirling!

Video walkthrough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM_-PsgqjyE

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12. Thanks guys!
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A big thanks to the following people for helping me make the videos used in 
this faq:

iraqoz 
Kitty335 
Oni_Masu
Bushidou_2008

Special thanks to the following people for playing/training with me:

Vault13
Underscore_1
Mathe-Rocks
Dave1988
Pojodin
DARKSHADOWS2202
Shadowsax
sosdante
mcbutter619
mchiefing
thepurist
Takumi37
LU-BU666
Schwift
Amaterasu86
wld_jdh
Wasabi37

Good luck to everyone that is trying to beat this mode and farewell!!!