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Dian Wei FAQ

by TogeraTwo

Dian Wei FAQ

Dynasty Warriors 5 (Shin Sangoku Musou 4)
By: TogeraTwo
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Version 1.3

1.0: Began FAQ - March 2005.
1.1: Fixed the link problem to the pics of each Dian Wei
1.2: Fixed the link problem again
1.3: Added a few helpful people to the thanks list and changed the weight on
Dian Wei’s double halberds


1.) History of Dian Wei
2.) Dian Wei in previous Dynasty Warriors games
3.) Musou Mode
4.) Moveset
5.) Weapons
6.) Alternate Costumes
7.) Suggested Items for Dian Wei
8.) In-game Quotes
9.) Credits
10.) Copyright and Conclusion
11.) Contact


     Surname - Dian, given name - Wei, style - Ziman. Often compared to the
ancient warlord E Lai, who served King Zhou during the Shang Dynasty.

     Dian Wei was introduced to Cao Cao (Mengde) through Xiahou Dun, a highly
admired general. Xiahou Dun was out hunting when he spotted a massive force of
a man, who turned out to be Dian Wei. Dian Wei was chasing a tiger across a
stream when Xiahou Dun caught his attention. Xiahou Dun approached Dian Wei
and convinced him to return with him to introduce to Cao Cao. They shared each
others backgrounds on the way back, and Xiahou Dun was convinced that he was
more than worthy enough to serve Cao Cao.

     When they returned to Cao Cao's newly acquired capital in Yanzhou, Xiahou
Dun introduced Dian Wei to his lord immediately who at once found that Dian Wei
was no ordinary man and found potential in him instantly. Xiahou Dun had told
him how he once served Zhang Miao, but had a dispute with his tent companions
and murdered some dozen or more with his bare hands, therefore fleeing to the
mountains where he had met him. Xiahou Dun also mentioned how Dian Wei had
killed a man to avenge a friend and carried the dead man's head around the busy
streets and no one dared approach him.

     Cao Cao was astonished and excited to hear about the talent he had
encountered and asked Dian Wei to prove his skill, so wielding his double
halberds, which weighed in around roughly 90 lbs. each, he strode powerfully
back and forth. Suddenly, Dian Wei noticed about a half a dozen men attempting
to hold up a huge banner swaying in the wind, dangerously. Dian Wei approached
them and yelled at them to move aside with a loud, intimidating voice. The men
scurried off and Dian Wei went and held the banner post up with one arm in the
strong wind without struggling. Cao Cao was now completely convinced that he
had acquired a worthy general and immediately appointed him Commander of the
Headquarters Guards and presented him with an expensive robe and a worthy steed
as gifts.

     More to be posted soon.


     Dynasty Warriors - I'm not too familiar with the original Dynasty Warriors
game released for the PlayStation game console, but Dian Wei was one of the 16
original characters in that game. And, yes, Dian Wei still has a bald head in
the original, and maintains that trait throughout the Dynasty Warriors series.

     Dynasty Warriors 2 - When released as one of the original games for PS2,
Dynasty Warriors 2 was hugely popular, and is still popular among hardcore
Dynasty fans. Dian Wei was arguably the most powerful character challenged only
by Lu Bu. His running speed was the same as the other characters as well, which
was the real downer for him going into Dynasty Warriors 3.

     Dynasty Warriors 3 - In my opinion, Dian Wei's character in Dynasty
Warriors 3 is the most well designed Dian Wei with the best voice acting as
well. His musou attack became much worse than it was from Dynasty Warriors 2,
but his attack power was still high and his overall effectiveness was still
decent. KOEI increased the diversity of characters in Dynasty Warriors 3,
therefore allowing more moveset possibilities for all the characters. Dian
Wei's new moveset comes very much in handy especially with his 4th weapon, Mad
Bull, with Lightning elemental attacks. However, many KOEI fans believe Dian
Wei was too worsened when it comes to compare with Dynasty Warriors 2.


     Dynasty Warriors 4 - The character design of Dian Wei in Dynasty Warriors 
4 was incredibly downsized compared to previous ones, and his look became much 
more calm and peaceful compared to his "evil" look before. His musou attack 
became much greater again, as in Dynasty Warriors 2, so that gave many Dian Wei
fans to be happy about despite his new gentle look.

     Dynasty Warriors 5 - I, among many others, believe that KOEI finally made
an effective Dian Wei in all categories. His physical appearance is
intimidating again, with a more warrior-looking wardrobe. His improved moveset
makes him almost as dominant as Dynasty Warriors 2, but definitely more
dominant than in the other Dynasty Warriors. His role in the game as a
character isn't as important as some would like, but considering Dian Wei gave
his life at an early age to reserve Cao Cao's life, it seems like a realistic
perspective on Dian Wei, story wise.


     Dian Wei is an original character in Dynasty Warriors 5, so you will not 
have to go through the trouble of finishing Musou Mode with anyone and trying 
to unlock him. You can just start off playing with the greatest character in 
the game as your first character.

     Here are the battles that you play in while playing Dian Wei's Musou Mode:

   I. Battle of Ji Zhou
   II. Battle of Hu Lao Gate
   III. Battle of Wan Castle
   IV. Battle of Xia Pi
   V. Battle of Chang Ban

Note: I'll provide walkthroughs of each stage in time.


Coming Soon...


Fourth (4th) Weapon

Name: True Ultimate Oxhead (Japanese translation) 
Mad Bull (Verified English translation coming soon)
Attack: +36
Light Weight
- Charge Attack Lvl. 15
- Musou Charge Lvl. 15
- Attack Lvl. 18
- Musou Lvl. 17
- Life Lvl. 17
Stage: Battle of Wan Castle (of course)
Requirements: First, you need to meet up with Cao Cao. After doing so you will
need to defeat both Hu Che Er then Jia Xu. After completing this, you will also
be required to defeat 10 troop leaders in the process of not allowing anyone
past you.
     In a short summary of the requirements, here is what you will basically
need to accomplish in order to get the weapon. It will also be required to
complete them in order and you must, of course, be playing on at least Hard
mode to get it.
1.) Meet with Cao Cao
2.) Defeat Hu Che Er
3.) Defeat Jia Xu
4.) Defeat 10 troop leaders
5.) Do not allow anyone to pass (maintain throughout)


     The costume availability in Dynasty Warriors 5 decreased by two extra
costumes since Dynasty Warriors 4, so this means there are four (4) total
costumes for Dian Wei, as well as every character.

Costume #1: His original costume, which you can view through the link provided
You will not have to unlock this costume as it is available from the time you
turn on the game.
     Basically, his costume consists of a giant horse head made of steal 
located on his left forearm (possibly the biggest one in all of Dian Wei’s 
former costumes), huge spiked shoulder armor, a chain wrapped around his right
upper arm and wrist, loafers and knee armor both with spikes, a blue sash
around his waist, and a purple cloth tied around his waist as well.

Costume #2: Coming soon…

Costume #3: This is his original Dynasty Warriors 4 costume, which can also be 
found in an above link. To unlock this costume, you will need to achieve 20,000
     This costume consists of an armored plate around his upper body and high
spike on his left shoulder, an armored horse head on his left forearm again, a
brown cloth around his right wrist, loafers with spikes on the toes, generic
knee and thigh armor, and a purple piece of cloth around his waist tied on by a
blue, thin piece of cloth.

Costume #4: Coming soon…


     I never suggest to equip Dian Wei with a saddle of any kind because of his
lack of mounted attack efficiency. This is why I would think Dian Wei using his
double halberds would be even more incredible for his benefit. Just imagine him
wielding two halberds while mounted, killing hundreds. Anyway, I digress, here
is what I recommend equipping Dian Wei with before heading to the battlefield:

     Orb(s) - Using the Yin orb seems most effective for Dian Wei, especially
since his long cherished Lightning element has been eliminated, sorrowfully.
Using anything but Yin seems ineffective to me and also seems to disrupt
fluency (for instance, using Fire orb seems to be ineffective because Dian Wei
isn't a huge combo-scoring character).

     Item(s) - Several items can be used effectively with Dian Wei, as well as
with any other character (of course). Some you may want to equip are Speed
Scroll to enhance Dian Wei's low speed which can be somewhat frustrating. Using
Wind Scroll will help raise your attacks range, therefore helping you kill more
and more troops. Musou Armor is a good item to use if you are impatient with
enemy archer attacks. Panacea is a new item which will raise your health every
100 kills and since Dian Wei will more than likely achieve 100 kills quite
simply, I recommend it.
     To summarize what I recommended here, and more common items I recommend,
I'll list them for simple viewing.
- Peacock Urn (Life MAX increases)
- Tiger Amulet (Attack power increases)
- Tortoise Amulet (Defense increases, including mounted and arrow?)
- Speed Scroll (Running speed increases)
- Elixir (Musou gauge fills up faster)
- Wind Scroll (Attack range increases)
- Musou Armor (No staggering after hit by arrows/maintain composure)
- Panacea (Health raises after every 100 kills achieved)


Coming Soon...


- KOEI for obvious reasons

- GameFAQs for being what it is

- The hardcore Dynasty Warriors fans

- Luo Guanzhong for the great edition of the Three Kingdoms novel from which I
got the information on Dian Wei in history

- for its picture storage

- donthatekongming from GameFAQs for his weapon FAQ

- Lord Dian Wei 11 (as known on GameFAQs) for reporting the weight of Dian
Wei’s weapons in actuality.


     This FAQ may NOT be reproduced under any circumstances in anyway except
for personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise
will become a violation of copyright (Copyright Kros Brazil 2005). If 
distributed publicly without advanced permission by myself, public display is
strictly prohibited, therefore becoming a violation of copyright without
written permission. Use of this guide on any other web site or as a part of
any without my permission is prohibited and will also become a violation of
copyright. You will only be permitted to display this FAQ if you have written
consent from me, personally, via e-mail (

     This has been my third (3rd) FAQ made on and my first FAQ for
the Dynasty Warriors 5 installment from Koei.

     Anyone who believes Dian Wei was a joke or disappointment to the Kingdom
of Wei should definitely report back to me so I may engage in thrashing that
person about.

     Finally, if there are any questions e-mailed to me concerning this FAQ in 
anyway, I suppose I will start up a Frequently Asked Questions section in this

     Anyway, that's it, so have fun and enjoy dominating as Dian Wei and as the
rest of the superior Kingdom of Wei.


     If you need to contact me in any way, here are the following ways you can
get a hold of me:

E-mail -
AIM - TogeraTwo
GameFAQs username: TogeraTwo

     I will reply if an e-mail is sent.