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Follow the dark path or use the light

Meng Huo FAQ

by Mythril Wyrm

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Table of Contents

I. Legal Notice/Disclaimer
II. Update History
III. About Meng Huo
IV. Unlocking Meng Huo
V. Using Meng Huo
     A. Meng Huo's attacks
          1. Regular attacks
          2. Evolution attacks
          3. Charge attacks
          4. Mounted attacks
          5. Other attacks
     B. Maximizing Meng Huo's effectiveness
     C. Meng Huo's Musou Mode
          1. Struggle for Nan Zhong
          2. Battle of Nan Zhong
          3. The Invasion of Nan Zhong
          4. Conquest of Nan Zhong
VI. Meng Huo's Weapons
     A. Nanman Gauntlet
     B. Beast Gauntlet
     C. Beast Master
     D. King of Beasts
          1. Obtaining the King of Beasts
VII. Meng Huo's Costumes
VIII. Questions & Answers
IX. Special Thanks
X. Contacting Me

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I. Legal Notice/Disclaimer
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II. Update History
v1.00 - Completed all sections.
v1.01 - Corrected a couple of errors in the section on Meng Huo's evolution
III. About Meng Huo
Meng Huo's style name is unknown. Kongming's Archives provides the following
information about him:

"King Meng Huo became the ruler of the Five Valley Region in the south of China
following the death of King Shamoke at the battle of Yi Ling. He wore a golden,
inlaid headdress, his belt bore a lion’s face as clasp, his boots had pointed
toes and were green, and he carried at his waist a pair of swords chased with
pine amber. The King made his home in the Three Rivers City, deep in the Silver
Pit Ravine.

In the sixth month of AD 223 he sent one of his generals to the Shu capital,
Chengdu, to request the return of fifty thousand soldiers that Shamoke had
loaned to Shu for their campaign against Wu at Yi Ling. The general was kept
waiting for fifteen days before seeing Shu’s Prime Minister, Zhuge Liang, who
gave the ‘Nan Man’ ambassador gifts of gold and silk as compensation for the
fifty thousand soldiers. Meng Huo was unhappy with the gifts and the poor
treatment his general had received.

Soon afterwards, a messenger arrived from the Wei Emperor Cao Pi asking Meng
Huo to lead an army of one hundred thousand men against the Shu territories;
Yizhou, Yongchang, Zhangge and Yuesui, as part of a five fold attack (1). Meng
Huo readily agreed and assembled the army as requested. However, when the army
reached its destination, they saw Shu soldiers led by Wei Yan marching through
the region. The Shu army would appear for a while and then disappear as they
marched to and fro. Meng Huo became suspicious of this behaviour and withdrew
his army.

In AD 225, Meng Huo aligned himself with the Shu General, Governor of Jianning,
Yong Kai, and invaded the four southern territories of Shu. The Governor of
Zangge, Zhu Bao, and the Governor of Yuesui, Gao Ding, quickly submitted to the
invaders but Wang Kang of Yongchang, aided by his deputy Governor, Lu Kai, re-
fused to yield (2). Meng Huo, using the three former Shu generals as guides,
launched an all-out attack on Yongchang but the city did not fall (3). Soon,
reports came that Zhuge Liang had personally led a force of five hundred thou-
sand men to Yizhou in order to stop Meng Huo’s rebellion. Yong Kai, Gao Ding
and Zhu Bao, each with fifty thousand men, went to oppose the Shu Prime Min-
ister’s advance. Yong Kai and Gao Ding were captured within days but were re-
leased by Zhuge Liang. However, the Shu Prime Minister successfully turned the
rebels against each other and Gao Ding killed Yong Kai and Zhu Bao. Gao Ding
then surrendered to Zhuge Liang and was made Governor of Yizhou.

When King Meng Huo heard how Zhuge Liang had disposed of the three rebels, he
summoned the leaders of the Three Ravines, Jinhua Sanjie, Dongtu Na and Ahui
Nan. When they arrived, he said to them, “Zhuge Liang of Shu and his Grand Army
has invaded our country, and we must exert our united strength to drive out the
invaders. You three must lead your forces, and whoever conquers the enemy shall
be chief of chiefs.” The three leaders marched out an army of one hundred and
fifty thousand to stop the enemy army but the Shu army easily defeated them.
Zhao Yun killed Jinhua Sanjie while Dongtu Na and Ahui Nan were captured and
subsequently released.

Scouts soon reported to Meng Huo that the three chiefs had failed and he became
very angry. He quickly gave orders for the army to march and soon they encoun-
tered the troops of Wang Ping and Guan Suo. Meng Huo rode to the front of his
army, looked at the enemy and then turned to his generals and said, “It has al-
ways been said that Zhuge Liang is a wonderful strategist, but I see that is
false. Look at this array with its banners all in confusion and the ranks in
disorder. There is not a weapon among all the swords and spears better than
ours. If I had only realized this before, I would have fought them long ago.
Who dares go out and capture a Shu general to show them what sort of warriors
we are?” Mangya Chang rode forth and engaged Wang Ping who quickly fled. Meng
Huo ordered his troops to pursue the fleeing Shu soldiers, and just as they
caught up, an ambush sprung up. Meng Huo, with some of his generals, fought his
way out and made for the Brocade Mountains. As they got there, Zhao Yun con-
fronted them and the King was forced to flee deeper into the mountains while
his followers were captured. The flight continued into a valley, but Meng Huo
soon found that the path was too narrow for horses and so he had to continue
his escape on foot. As he crawled up the mountains, Wei Yan captured him.

The King was taken to the Shu camp where Zhuge Liang was waiting with food and
drink. Meng Huo was asked why he had rebelled, to which he replied, “The two
River Lands belonged to others, and your lord took it from them by force, and
gave himself the title of Emperor. My people have lived here for ages, and you
and your cohorts invaded my country without the least excuse. How can you talk
of rebellion to me?” Zhuge Liang then asked if Meng Huo would submit, to which
the King replied, “Why should I submit? You happened to find me in a narrow
place. That is all.” “If I release you, what then?” asked the Shu Prime Minis-
ter. “If you release me I shall return, and when I have set my army in order, I
shall come to fight you again. However, if you catch me once more, I will sub-
mit.” replied Meng Huo. The King’s bonds were removed and he was given a horse
and a guide in order to return to his own camp.

When Meng Huo reached the River Lu, he fell in with some of his leaders who
asked him how he had escaped. The King lied to them, saying, “They confined me
in a tent, and I broke out in the night. I slew more than ten guards and ran.
And then I met one of their sentries, killed him, and that is how I got this
horse.” The subordinates did not doubt him. Meng Huo regrouped his troops and
summoned Dongtu Na and Ahui Nan to him. Once all were assembled, the King
addressed them: “I know Zhuge Liang is too full of ruses for us to conquer him
in a fight; we should only fall victims to other base devices. However, we must
remember that his soldiers have marched far and the weather is sultry, which
are factors in our favour. Besides, River Lu is our rampart. We will have boats
and rafts on the south side, and we will build a mud wall. With such good de-
fences we can afford to wait and see what the enemy intends.” The gathered
tribesmen approved and the plan was carried out. The mud wall was built and
strengthened by turrets that contained large bows, crossbows, arrows and
stones. With huge amounts of supplies and the new defences, Meng Huo felt safe
and began to enjoy himself. While enjoying some wine, he said to his followers,
“If I attempt to oppose Zhuge Liang, I shall certainly fall a victim to some
wile of his. However, my waiting policy is a safe one. With our defences, and
the river to back them, we can wait for the heat to overcome these men of Shu,
who cannot stand the hot season. They will have to retreat, and then we can
harass them. And we will capture this Zhuge Liang.” He laughed at this thought
but one chief advised caution as the Shu army could cross the river at a shal-
low point at Shakou. Meng Huo replied, “You belong to these areas. Do you not
know that I want the enemy to try to get across there? Why, they will all
perish in the water. (4)” The chief was concerned that the natives may reveal
the river’s secrets, but Meng Huo said, “Do not be so anxious. Our own people
will not help the enemy that far.” Just then scouts reported that Ma Dai’s army
had crossed the river and seized the Jiashan Gorge, which was along the tribe’s
supply route. Meng Huo feigned indifference and said, “This sort of fellow is
not worth talking about.” He then dispatched Mangya Chang with three thousand
troops to reopen the supply route.

Soon the army returned to tell Meng Huo that the enemy general had killed
Mangya Chang. Dongtu Na volunteered to lead a new army against Ma Dai and was
given three thousand troops. After he had left, Meng Huo sent an army led by
Ahui Nan to guard Shakou. Before long, Dongtu Na returned to tell the King that
the enemy was too strong. Meng Huo became angry and shouted, “You are a
traitor! I know Zhuge Liang was good to you, and that is why you would not
fight.” The King ordered Dongtu Na’s execution but relented when many chiefs
interceded. Instead, Dongtu Na was beaten with one hundred strokes of the heavy
staff. Many of the chiefs disagreed with Meng Huo’s actions and they proposed
to the beaten chief that they should slay the King and take his head to Zhuge
Liang. Dongtu Na led over a hundred men to kill Meng Huo, but the two generals
guarding the intoxicated ruler checked the mob, suggesting taking the King
prisoner and handing him over to Zhuge Liang.

Soon Meng Huo was brought before Zhuge Liang who asked, “You said once before
that if you were captured again, you would give in. Now will you yield?” Meng
Huo refused saying, “This capture is not your work, it is the work of these
minions of mine who want to hurt me. I will not yield on this. I am a Man (5),
and so I am not wholly ignorant of war. If you, O Minister, let me return to my
ravines, I will muster another army and fight a decisive battle with you. If
you capture me again, then I will incline my heart and yield. I will not go
back on my promise again.” Zhuge Liang loosened Meng Huo’s bonds and warned,
“If you refuse to yield next time you are captured, I shall hardly pardon you.
Remember, I have never failed yet. I have never failed to win a battle or to
take a city I have assaulted. Why do you Mans not yield?” Meng Huo said
nothing. After taking some refreshments, Meng Huo and Zhuge Liang rode around
the camp together. The King observed the defences, the piles of supplies and
the heaps of weapons. After the inspection Zhuge Liang said, “You are silly
not to yield to me. You see my veteran soldiers, my able generals, my stores of
all kinds and weapons. How can you hope to prevail against me? If you will
yield, I will inform the Emperor, and you shall retain your kingship, and your
sons and grandsons shall succeed as perpetual guardians of the Man country. Do
you not think it would be well?” Meng Huo replied, “If I did yield, the people
of my valleys would not be content. If you release me once more, I will see to
it that my own people keep the peace and bring them round to unanimity of feel-
ing, and then they will not oppose any more.” At dusk Meng Huo took his leave.

However, when Meng Huo returned to his camp he had Dongtu Na and Ahui Nan
killed and their corpses thrown into a gully. The King sent men loyal to him to
guard the most important strategic points, while he marched an army to fight Ma
Dai. When he reached Jiashan Gorge, the enemy was not there as they had with-
drawn the previous night, so he returned to the ravine. Meng Huo called his
brother, Meng You, to discuss matters and said to him, “I know all the details
of the enemy’s force from what I saw in their camp.” Meng You was then given
instructions and sent to the Shu camp with a hundred soldiers bearing gifts of
gold, jewels, pearls and ivory. Soon afterwards, two men arrived to inform Meng
Huo that the gifts had been accepted and that the King should attack the Shu
camp at the second watch, while Meng You would assist from within. Meng Huo was
greatly pleased that his plan had worked and immediately prepared thirty thou-
sand troops in three divisions. The King addressed the chieftains: “Let each
army carry the means of making fire, and as soon as they arrive let a light be
shown as a signal. I am coming to the main camp to capture Zhuge Liang.”

The King’s army crossed the River Lu at sunset and soon reached the main camp
where they met no opposition. The main gate was open so Meng Huo, with one hun-
dred generals, rode straight in only to find the camp was deserted. He rode to
the main tent where he found his brother and the one hundred escorts all uncon-
scious (6) and realised that he had been the victim of a ruse. The unconscious
men were picked up and then Meng Huo started to return to the main army. Just
then drums started to beat all around them so the tribal warriors became
frightened and ran. Wang Ping gave chase and each way Meng Huo tried to escape,
a Shu general appeared. The King abandoned everything, making a desperate rush
for the River Lu. As he reached the riverbank he saw a boat manned by his own
people and so jumped on board, but he was immediately seized and bound. Meng
Huo suddenly realised that the men on board were not his own soldiers, but Ma
Dai’s troops in disguise. The King was once more brought before Zhuge Liang,
who laughed at the prisoner and once again asked him to yield. Meng Huo again
refused to submit, saying, “I am a prisoner owing to the gluttony of my brother
and the power of your poisonous drugs. If I had only played his part myself and
left him to support me with soldiers, I should have succeeded. I am the victim
of fate and not of my own incapacity. No, I will not yield. Minister, if you
will let me and my brother go, we will get together our family and clients and
fight you once more. If I am caught that time, then I will confess myself
beaten to the ground, and that shall be the end.” Zhuge Liang agreed and so
Meng Huo and Meng You were released. The two brothers thanked the Prime Minis-
ter and then went away.

When Meng Huo reached the River Lu, he saw that the Shu army had captured his
defences and as he passed the camp he saw Ma Dai who said, “Next time you are
caught, you will not escape.” The King continued on to his own camp, which he
found in the possession of Zhao Yun. The Shu general said to Meng Huo, “Do not
presume on the kindness of the Prime Minister because you have been generously
treated.” The King grunted and passed by until he reached the frontier hills
where he encountered Wei Yan. “We have got into the inmost recesses of your
country and have taken all your defensive positions. Yet you are foolish enough
to hold out. Next time you are caught, you will be quite destroyed. There will
be no more pardons.” shouted the Shu general. Meng Huo and his men ran away
with their arms over the heads.

Meng Huo was upset by his three captures and as soon as he had reached his
home, the Silver Pit Ravine, he sent gifts to the Eight Nations, the Ninety-
Three Sees and other Man clans in order to borrow weapons and troops. Soon the
King had amassed an army of one hundred thousand warriors. The Shu army heard
of Meng Huo’s preparations and so advanced across the West Er River and built
three large stockades along the bank. The King soon made his advance and as he
got close, he took ten thousand warriors against the first stockade. Meng Huo
was an intimidating sight clad in rhinoceros hide and mounted on a red ox and
as soon as he saw his enemies, he hurled abuse at them. However, the Shu army
would not come out to fight and after days of taunting, the tribesmen’s vigour
started to wane.

One day, Meng Huo took his troops up to the stockades and found them to be
empty; there were no soldiers, all was in confusion and the supplies had been
left behind suggesting that the Shu army had withdrawn in haste. Meng You sug-
gested to the King that this was only a ruse, but Huo said, “I think that Zhuge
Liang has important news from the capital that has made him leave without his
baggage train like this. Either Wu has invaded or Wei has attacked. They left
these lamps burning to make us think the camps were occupied, but they ran away
leaving everything behind. If we pursue, we cannot go wrong.” The King ordered
his army to pursue and he led the army himself until the came to the bank of
the West Er River where they saw camps on the other side of the river. Along
the bank stood a wall of cloth. Meng Huo said to his brother, “This means that
Zhuge Liang fears lest we may pursue. That is only a temporary halt, and they
will retire in a couple of days.” He then had camps set up while some of the
men retrieved bamboo with which to make rafts. One day the wind was blowing
violently when fires suddenly broke out, fuelled by the winds. As the fires
raged the Shu army attacked and scattered the tribesmen forcing Meng Huo to
flee for his former camp. As he reached it, he encountered a troop led by Zhao
Yun and instead had to seek refuge in the mountains but then he found himself
under attack from Ma Dai. He fled desperately into a valley but could see smoke
rising from the north, west and south. Only the east was clear so Meng Huo
headed that way.

As he came out of the valley, the King saw a few horsemen escorting a carriage,
and as he drew closer he saw that the carriage contained Zhuge Liang. Zhuge
Liang laughed and said, “So King of the Mans has got here! You have been
defeated. I have waited for you a long time.” Meng Huo angrily turned to his
followers and said, “Thrice have I been the victim of this man’s base wiles and
have been put to shame. Now chance has sent him across my path, and you must
attack him with all your energy. Let us cut him to pieces and those with him.”
As Meng Huo and his men charged forward they all stumbled and fell into pits
that had been prepared by Shu. One by one the captives were pulled out of the
pits and bound. The prisoners were then escorted to the Shu camp.

Wei Yan brought Meng Huo before Zhuge Liang who shouted, “What can you say now?
You see you are in my hands again.” The King replied, “I am again an unfortu-
nate victim. Once more I have blundered into your net, and now I shall die
with unclosed eyes.” Zhuge Liang ordered the prisoner to be beheaded but Meng
Huo showed no fear, he simply turned to his captor and said, “If you freed me
only once more, I would wipe out the shame of all four captures.” The Shu
leader smiled and asked the King why he was still defiant. “Though I am what
you call a barbarian, I would scorn to employ your vile ruses. That is why I
remain defiant. If you catch me again, I will incline my heart to yield and I
will give everything in my ravine to reward your army. I will also take an oath
not to cause any further trouble.” was the reply. Zhuge Liang agreed, so the
King thanked him and left.

Despite many of the chiefs having surrendered to Shu, Meng Huo was still able
to gather an army of several thousand men. Soon he met with Meng You who was
bringing an army of his own to avenge the King. The brothers embraced weeping,
then related their stories of capture and subsequent release. Meng You said,
“We cannot stand against the enemy. We have been defeated several times. Now I
think we had better go into the mountains and hide in some dark gully where
they cannot find us. Those soldiers of Shu will never stand the summer heat.
They must retire. I know a valley away southwest from us called ‘Bald Dragon
Ravine’, and the King, Duosi, is a friend of mine. Let us take refuge with
him.” Meng Huo agreed and sent Meng You to make arrangements. Soon, Duosi came
out with his soldiers to welcome the King, who explained his predicament. Duosi
said, “O King, rest content. If those men from the River Lands come here, I
will see to it that not one goes home. And Zhuge Liang will meet his death here
too.” Meng Huo was intrigued as to why Duosi was so confident, and so Duosi ex-
plained that there were only two roads into the ravine; one was easy to travel
along while the other was narrow, infested with venomous creatures and the
water was undrinkable due to all four water springs and their streams being
poisonous. That path was also rife with malaria. Duosi proposed that the easily
traversable road be blockaded so that the Shu army would have to travel the
dangerous path instead. Meng Huo was greatly pleased: “Now indeed I have found
a place to live in. Even Zhuge Liang’s wonderful cunning will be of no avail.
The four springs alone will defeat him and avenge my army.”

Soon scouts reported to Meng Huo that the Shu armies were advancing along the
treacherous path and showed no ill-affects from it’s natural defences (7). The
King said to his men, “We will fight one fierce battle with these troops of Shu
and die therein. We cannot wait calmly to be put into bonds.” The tribesmen of
the valley were all given a huge feast to urge them to fight to the death. As
this great feast was taking place, the King of Twenty-one Ravines, Yang Fang,
arrived with an army of thirty thousand troops, supported by his five sons.
Meng Huo rejoiced exceedingly, saying, “This addition to our forces shall sure-
ly bring us victory.” Yang Fang brought thirty dancing maidens into the camp to
entertain the banqueters and bade his sons to bring wine for Meng Huo and Meng
You. As the hosts raised their cups, Yang Fang’s sons seized them and made them
prisoner. Duosi tried to run but was captured by Yang Fang. “One sympathizes
with one’s own as a rule. We are both chiefs and have been friends. I know not
why you should injure me.” Meng Huo said. “I had to repay Zhuge Liang the
Minister for his compassion on me and my people, and there was no way till you
rebelled. Why should I not offer up a rebel in propitiation?” replied Yang
Fang. The prisoners were then taken to the Shu camp.

Zhuge Liang asked if Meng Huo would yield, but he replied, “It is not your
ability, but the treachery of my own people that has brought me to this. If you
wish to slay, slay. But I will not yield.” He then suggested, “My fathers have
long held the Silver Pit Ravine, and the three rivers and the two forests are
their ramparts. If you can take that stronghold, then will I and my heirs for-
ever acknowledge your power and yield.” Zhuge Liang agreed, saying, “I am going
to liberate you once more and you may put your army in order if you will and
fight a decisive battle. But after that, if you are my prisoner and are still
refractory and unsubmissive, I shall have to exterminate your whole family.”
Meng Huo, Meng You and Duosi were all released.

They hastened home to the Silver Pit Ravine where Meng Huo gathered his family
and addressed them: “I have been put to shame by the leaders of Shu many times,
and I have sworn to take revenge for the insults. Has anyone any proposal to
make?” The King’s brother-in-law, Chief Dalai, suggested acquiring the aid of
King Mulu of the Bana Ravine. King Mulu was famed for his command over animals,
and he led an army of thirty thousand men. Meng Huo approved this plan and had
Dalai make arrangements while Duosi was charged with defence of the city of
Three Rivers.

Within a short time, a few soldiers came to Meng Huo reporting that Shu had
captured the city of the Three Rivers and that King Duosi had been killed. The
Shu army had now advanced to the mouth of the Silver Pit Ravine and Meng Huo
was greatly distressed. The King’s wife, Lady Zhurong, wanted to go out and
fight the Shu invaders and so the King rose, bowed to her and then gave her
command of fifty thousand troops. When she returned, she brought two captured
Shu generals with her; Zhang Ni and Ma Zheng. A great banquet was held in Lady
Zhurong’s honour and during the feast she ordered the two prisoners to be exe-
cuted, but Meng Huo intervened saying, “Five times has Zhuge Liang set me at
liberty. It would be unjust to put these to death. Confine them till we have
taken their chief, then we may execute them.” The next day scouts reported that
Zhao Yun was offering a challenge so Lady Zhurong again went out to give bat-
tle. This time she was unsuccessful and was captured by Ma Dai. A messenger
from Shu came to propose an exchange of prisoners: the two Shu generals for the
King’s wife. Meng Huo readily agreed to the trade, promptly setting his two
captives free. When his wife returned home, he greeted her with a mixture of
happiness and anger.

Meng Huo was exceedingly when King Mulu’s army arrived and he bowed low to the
visitor. The King explained to Mulu all that had happened and Mulu promised to
avenge Meng Huo’s defeats. The very next day, Mulu rode out his white elephant
and went to battle against the Shu army followed by his pack of wild animals
and his warriors. The Shu soldiers could not withstand the onslaught from
Mulu’s beasts and were forced to flee back to the Three Rivers City. The next
day Meng Huo accompanied Mulu and went out to face the Shu soldiers again. The
King pointed out Zhuge Liang to Mulu saying, “ That is Zhuge Liang. If we can
only capture him, our task is done.” Mulu cast a spell summoning the wind and
signalling his beasts to attack, but with the wave of his fan, Zhuge Liang
turned the wind back. From the ranks of the Shu soldiers burst huge horrible
fire-breathing animals that chased off Mulu’s wild creatures (8), sending the
tribesmen into confusion. The Shu army attacked in full, capturing the Silver
Pit Ravine and driving Meng Huo and his clan into the hills. King Mulu was
killed in the melee.

During the night, the King and his followers came up with a scheme to capture
Zhuge Liang; Chief Dailai would take Meng Huo and his family in bonds to the
Shu camp, pretending that he had turned against them and made them prisoner.
When they got close enough to the Shu Prime Minister, they would then kill him.
The next day they went to the Shu camp but when Dailai walked into the main
hall, Zhige Liang called out, “Let my strong captors appear!” Shu soldiers who
had been waiting in hiding leapt out and took the entire party prisoner. Zhuge
Liang said, “Did you think your paltry ruse would deceive me? Here you are a
second time captured by your own people and brought before me that you might
surrender. The first time I did not hurt you. But now I firmly believe this
surrender is part of a plot to kill me.” The prisoners were searched and their
concealed weapons were found. Zhuge Liang said to the King, “Did you not say
that if your family were taken prisoners you would yield? How now?” Meng Huo
replied, “We have come of our own will and at the risk of our lives. The credit
is not yours. Still I refuse to yield. If you take me a seventh time, then I
will turn to you and never rebel again.” Zhuge Liang agreed saying, “Well, your
stronghold is now destroyed. What have I to fear?” He ordered the Kings bonds
to be removed and then allowed them to leave.

Meng Huo soon fell in with his defeated soldiers but while there were thousands
of them, over half were wounded. The King restored order and then said to Chief
Dailai, “Whither can we go? Our stronghold is in the hands of the enemy.”
Dailai suggested requesting aid from King Wutugu of the Wuguo Kingdom and his
Rattan Army (9). Meng Huo went to the Wuguo Kingdom and met with the cave-
dwelling Wutugu who agreed to help. Wutugu summoned an army of thirty thousand
rattan-armoured soldiers and marched them northeast to the River of Peach
Flowers where they camped to wait for the Shu army. When the Shu army arrived
they were quickly driven back by the fierce rattan-clad warriors. Meng Huo was
cautious and warned Wutugu, “This Zhuge Liang is exceedingly crafty. Ambush is
one of his favourite ruses, so you should warn your soldiers that on no account
should they enter a valley where the trees are thick.” Wutugu replied, “Great
King, you speak with reason,” said Wutu Gu. “I have always heard that the
people of the Middle Kingdom are full of wiles, and I will see that your advice
is followed. I will go in front to fight, and you may remain in the rear to
give orders.”

Shortly afterwards the Shu soldiers led by Wei Yan came to give battle, but
once again they were driven back by Wutugu’s soldiers. The Wuguo soldiers
crossed the river in large numbers and Wei Yan came to meet them but fell back
after a short fight. After ensuring that it was safe, the Rattan Army occupied
the camp that Wei Yan had abandoned. The next day Wutugu ordered a general ad-
vance that scattered the soldiers of Shu, allowing the new enemy camp to be
captured. Each time the tribesmen engaged Wei Yan, he would give a short fight
and then flee towards a white flag in the distance, giving up his camp in the
process. Having captured seven different Shu camps, the tribesmen pursued until
they came to a thick wood where they saw flags moving about behind the trees.
“Just as you foretold, the men of Shu like using ambush.” said Wutugu to Meng
Huo. The King replied, “Zhuge Liang is going to be worsted this time. We have
beaten off his troops now daily for half a month and won fifteen successive
victories. His troops simply run when they hear the wind. The fact is he has
exhausted all his craft and has tried every ruse. Now our task is nearly done.”

On the sixteenth day Wei Yan again retreated from the Ratten Army. Meng Huo re-
mained at the camp while Wutugu lead the pursuit. Soon a group of soldiers came
to the King and told him, “King Wutu Gu is fighting a great battle and is about
to surround Zhuge Liang in the Valley of the Coiled Serpent. But he needs help.
We are the natives of the local ravines, and we ourselves had no alternative
when we yielded to Shu. But now we have returned to your allegiance and are
willing to come to help Your Majesty.” Meng Huo, with his clan and the troops
who had just come to him, marched to Coiled Serpent Valley but when he got
there he saw destruction. King Wutugu, along with his army, had been inciner-
ated by Zhuge Liang (10) and Meng Huo realised that he had been tricked again.
As he gave orders to retire, two bodies of Shu troops began to attack. The King
made a stand against the enemy but suddenly a great shouting arose and the
King’s clansmen were made prisoner by their own men who had nearly all been
disguised Shu soldiers. Meng Huo galloped away and got into the hills were he
came across Zhuge Liang in a small chariot. The King continued his flight but
was soon stopped and made prisoner by Ma Dai.

Upon their return to the Shu camp Meng Huo was brought before Zhuge Liang. His
bonds were removed and he was taken into a side tent for refreshment with many
of his clan along with Lady Zhurong, Meng You and Chief Dailai. While they were
eating and drinking, a messenger appeared and said to Meng Huo, “The Prime
Minister is ashamed and does not wish to see you again, Sir. He has sent me to
release you. You may enlist another army if you can and once more try a de-
cisive battle. Now you may go.” Instead of leaving, the King began to weep and
said, “Seven times a captive and seven times released! Surely there was never
anything like it in the whole world. I am not entirely devoid of a sense of
propriety and rectitude. Does he think that I feel no shame?” He then fell to
his knees and with his followers, crawled to Zhuge Liang’s tent where he said,
“O Minister, you are the majesty of Heaven. We people of the south will offer
no more opposition.” Sighing, Zhuge Liang asked, “Then you yield?” Meng Huo
replied, “I and my children and grandchildren are deeply affected by your all-
pervading and life-giving mercy. Now how can we not yield?” A banquet was held
where Zhuge Liang confirmed Meng Huo’s kingship and all restored all places
that Shu had captured (11). The tribesmen were so overjoyed by their captor’s
generosity that they all went away celebrating. A shrine was erected to Zhuge
Liang and peace spread across the land. Many people sent gifts to the Shu army.

When the celebrations were completed, the Shu army returned home. Meng Huo ac-
companied them to honour their departure, but as they reached the River Lu a
fierce storm rose up preventing the army from continuing. Zhuge Liang consulted
Meng Huo as to what this storm meant. Meng Huo replied, “Wild spirits have al-
ways troubled those who would cross this river. It is necessary to propitiate
them with sacrifices. In the old days when malicious spirits brought misfor-
tune, they sacrificed humans to the number of seven sevens and offered their
forty-nine heads. They also slew a black ox and a white goat. Sacrifice thus,
the wind will subside and the waters come to rest. The same used to be done to
secure a plenteous harvest.” Zhuge Liang refused to sacrifice human lives, in-
stead making balls of flour in the likeness of human heads and filling them
with the flesh of oxen and goats. When night fell, Zhuge Liang conducted a
ceremony and read a prayer. Many present, including Meng Huo and his followers,
wept during the ceremony. Soon the storm dissipated and the army was free to
resume its march.

As the army passed through Yongchang, Meng Huo was allowed to leave. He was or-
dered to be diligent in his administration, maintain good control, and soothe
and care for the people left to him to govern and to see to it that agriculture
was promoted. He took his leave with tears rolling down his cheeks. Meng Huo
kept his promise to Zhuge Liang and ruled in the manner he had been entrusted
to (12).

1: The first army consisted of Qiang tribesmen from the Xianbi State in
Liandong, who were tasked with attacking Xiping Pass. The second army were from
Wu and were to attack the Three Gorges. Meng Da led the third army against
Hanzhong, while Cao Zhen led the fourth army against Yangping Pass.

2: Historically, Meng Huo was Han Chinese rather than non-Han. Of those who re-
belled against Shu, it was Gao Ding who was the leader of the rebelling tribe.
Meng Huo incited other tribes to rebel after Gao Ding was killed.

3: The defence of Yongchang was impressive considering that no army was gar-
risoned there.

4: During the day, the heat caused the river to emit a deadly gas. The river
could only be crossed safely at night.

5: The term ‘Man’, in this sense, means barbarian or non-Han Chinese. ‘Nan Man’
means ‘Southern Barbarian’.

6: In return for their gifts, Meng You and his men were rewarded with wine. The
wine was drugged and incapacitated the men immediately.

7: Zhuge Liang had been aided by Meng Huo’s eldest brother, Meng Jie. Meng Jie
had given the Shu army with an antidote to the water’s poison and a leaf that
provided immunisation against Malaria.

8: The Shu animals were merely wooden carvings, each operated by ten soldiers.

9: The Rattan Army were known as such due to the impenetrable rattan armour
they wore.

10: While the rattan armour was impenetrable, it was very dry and therefore
vulnerable to fire.

11: When questioned on his decision to hand the land back to Meng Huo, Zhuge
Liang explained, "There are three difficulties. To leave foreigners implies
leaving a guard for them: There is the difficulty of feeding the guard. The
Mans have lost many of their relatives. To leave foreigners without the guard
will invite a calamity: This is the second difficulty. Among the Mans, de-
thronements and murders are frequent, and there will be enmities and
suspicions. Foreigners and they will be mutually distrustful: This is the third
difficulty. If I do not leave our people, I shall not have to send supplies,
which makes for peace and freedom from trouble."

12: Among the southern tribes people, there was a version of this tale where
Meng Huo captured and released Zhuge Liang seven times."
IV. Unlocking Meng Huo
To unlock Meng Huo, you must complete the following steps:

-Clear Musou Mode with one character from Shu to unlock Zhuge Liang.
-Clear Musou Mode with Zhuge Liang, Lu Xun, and one character from Wei to un-
lock Meng Huo.
V. Using Meng Huo
A. Meng Huo's attacks
1. Regular attacks
S      - A left-to-right swipe.
SS     - A right-to-left swipe.
SSS    - A left-to-right upward swipe.
SSSS   - Swings both arms outward, hitting 180 degrees.
SSSSS  - Swings both arms inward for a two-fisted smash.
SSSSSS - A spinning punch.
X + S  - A body slam. Carries him to the ground quickly.

2. Evolution attacks
These attacks can only be performed if you have a full musou bar and are armed
with a weapon that supports evolution attacks.

Alternate SSSSSS - A left-to-right upward swipe.
SSSSSSS          - Swings both arms outward, hitting 180 degrees.
SSSSSSSS         - Swings both arms inward for a two-fisted smash.
SSSSSSSSS        - A spinning punch.

3. Charge attacks
T      - Meng Huo gets down on all fours, dashes forward, and pounces on the
         enemy. Pressing T repeatedly will allow him to dash farther.
ST     - Meng Huo does an uppercut that knocks the enemy into the air.
SST    - Meng Huo does a quick series of spinning punches. The last hit stuns
         the enemy. Stronger weapons will allow you to do more punches by
         pressing T repeatedly.
SSST   - Meng Huo leaps forward and does a body slam that sends the enemy
SSSST  - Meng Huo leaps up and slams both fists into the ground, creating a
         shockwave that knocks all nearby enemies into the air.
SSSSST - Meng Huo slams his right fist into the ground, creating a shockwave
         that knocks down all nearby enemies.
X + T  - Meng Huo stomps the ground, then hops forward and does a second stomp.
         Both stomps knock any nearby enemies off-balance.

4. Mounted attacks
S     - The standard series of alternating attacks to the right and left. Slow
        with poor reach.
T     - Meng Huo fires his gauntlets straight ahead like rockets.
Musou - A series of faster and stronger attacks to the right and left.

5. Other attacks
Dash attack   - Meng Huo falls forward, damaging and stunning any enemies in
                his path.
Counterattack - A body slam. Similar to the T of his SSST combo, but unblock-
Musou         - Meng Huo punches the ground repeatedly, creating shockwaves
                that juggle all nearby enemies. The last punch creates a larger
                shockwave that sends all enemies flying.
True musou    - Same as his regular musou, but adds a fire element and four
                quick punches before the last punch.

B. Maximizing Meng Huo's effectiveness
As his size suggests, speed is not one of Meng Huo's strong points. With the
possible exception of Xu Zhu, he's the slowest runner in the game. He also
attacks slowly, and has a very short reach to boot. Additionally, he has poor
defense, a regular mounted attack that borders on worthless, and a dash attack
and SSST combo that leave him wide open.

In spite of all his weaknesses, the King of the Nanman has several strengths,
some of which are rather surprising. He's immensely strong, and can quickly do
tremendous damage to a group of enemies once he finds his way into their midst.
His SST combo is fast, does impressive damage, and hits everyone around him,
making it an effective staple move. SSSST works well against peons and generals
alike, and can juggle indefinitely if you're using a light weapon. SSSSST pro-
vides great crowd control, but is easy for enemies to interrupt due to its slow
execution speed. Stick with your SST, SSSST, and regular combos, and use your
musou as often as possible. If you get overwhelmed, use your air charge to
knock your enemies off-balance and catch your breath.

Meng Huo's first charge attack also provides him with a unique advantage. In
addition to being a great escape move, it allows him to blaze across the bat-
tlefield at speeds that rival even the fastest runners. If you find yourself
separated from your mount and in need of fast, safe transportation, hammer T
like there's no tomorrow! You'll cut through the enemy lines and reach your
destination faster than any other fat man would think possible.

I recommend the following equipment for Meng Huo:

Harness: Red Hare Harness/Elephant Harness
Orb: Ice Orb/Light Orb
Items: Tiger Amulet, Tortoise Amulet, Ginseng, Herbal Remedy/Wind Scroll, Way
of Musou

C. Meng Huo's Musou Mode
Meng Huo's Musou Mode is short, but includes some very intense battles. If you
get hopelessly stuck, try out these strategies.

1. Struggle for Nan Zhong
Free Mode Difficulty: **
Time Limit: 45:00

Your struggle for dominance begins with your efforts to unite the southern
clans. Start by heading north to beat Dong Tu Na and the defenders of the sup-
ply base into submission, then head east for Ahui Nan. King Duosi should be
just to your south; after earning his loyalty, you should advance west for King
Mulu. Beware his tigers and elephants as you fight him; if they give you too
much trouble, defeat the three Beastmasters in the area to drive them away.
Next, head north and defeat Wu Tugu, whose armored troops will harry you until
he falls. At this point, it may seem that all you have left to do is capture
the attack base in the northeast and defeat Jinhuan Sanjie to win the battle,
but that's not the case. Your last challenge is to deal with the rogue chiefs
Yong Kai, Gao Ding, and Zhu Bao, who will respectively appear in the northwest,
northeast, and southeast corners of the battlefield. After pacifying all of the
other chiefs, you should have little difficulty overcoming these three. Have at

2. Battle of Nan Zhong
Free Mode Difficulty: ***
Time Limit: 45:00

Zhang Jiao's attempting to crush your fledgling kingdom by converting your sub-
jects to his cause. Show your support for religious freedom by charging north
and dispatching Pei Yuan Shao. Zhang Jiao will be hot on your heels, and he'll
summon a phantom army to oppose you. Defeat him if you can; if he and his phan-
toms give you too much trouble, flee to the north to secure the neutral attack
base and defeat Cheng Yuanzhi and Zhang Bao. If you didn't defeat Zhang Jiao
earlier, he'll teleport to the northeast corner of the battlefield now. Elimi-
nating his followers should remain your top priority; start with Bo Zhang, who
should be in or around the northeastern supply base, before capturing the base
itself and working your way south for He Yi and Zhang Liang. At this point,
Zhang Jiao will teleport Guan Hai to the central western part of the battle-
field. Make your way over there and take him out before he raises too much of a
ruckus. With all of the other Yellow Turbans gone, head straight for Zhang Jiao
and pound the crazy old wizard to a pulp.

3. The Invasion of Nan Zhong
Free Mode Difficulty: ****
Time Limit: 60:00

Now those sissies from Wu are invading your kingdom! Zhu Huan should be the
first one you drive off; he's just west of your starting position. Capture the
nearby attack base, then head northeast when the path splits to find Zhu Ran,
Zhou Tai, and a second attack base. After getting rid of all three, head north
for Lu Xun, who should be waiting by the bridge. Don't cross the bridge yet,
though; loop around to the south and head north at the fork to stop Pan Zhang,
Ding Feng, and Sun Shang Xiang from doing too much damage to your army. Retrace
your path and cross the central bridge to trigger its collapse, then take care
of Lu Meng and the supply base he protects. Only Sun Quan will remain now, and
he'll soon receive reinforcements in the form of Jiang Qin and Gan Ning. These
two will cut their way down the western path to reach your main camp; fight
them off if you think they pose a threat. As soon as you've gotten your fill of
battle with Wu, head for Sun Quan and send him packing.

4. Conquest of Nan Zhong
Free Mode Difficulty: *****
Time Limit: 60:00

Zhuge Liang and the forces of Shu are the last foes you'll have to fight off to
protect your lands, and they're easily your toughest and most wily opponents
yet. Wei Yan and his officers will charge you as soon as the battle begins; be
sure to stay out of range of the attack base as you fight them. Once all three
are dead, capture the base and proceed to the clearing in the northeast, where
Wu Tugu's troops will be under attack by Zhuge Liang's officers and explosives.
Avoid the officers and kill the four Task Leaders in the area to disable the
explosives, then head into the poison swamps to engage Yan Yan and Huang Zhong.
After dispatching them, follow the path north to reach Yue Ying and her jugger-
nauts, which you should defeat if you want to save Jinhuan Sanjie. You might
first want to blitz to the northwest corner, however, to dispatch Guan Xing and
secure the stronghold. Doing so will stop Ma Chao from showing up to reinforce
his allies, but you should have little trouble handling him if he does arrive.
With the west side of the battlefield clear, you should head east to eradicate
Guan Suo and beat Zhuge Liang senseless.

Once Zhuge Liang falls, your lands and your people will be safe once again. En-
joy the ending!
VI. Meng Huo's Weapons
A. Nanman Gauntlet
Base Attack: 4
Weight and bonuses will vary.

B. Beast Gauntlet
Base Attack: 8
Weight and bonuses will vary.

C. Beast master
Base Attack: 12
Weight and bonuses will vary.

D. King of Beasts
Base Attack: 36
Weight: Light
Bonuses: Charge Lv. 15, Fill Lv. 15, Horse Lv. 15, Attack Lv. 18, Life Lv. 17

1. Obtaining the King of Beasts
Where To Get It: Conquest of Nan Zhong, Nanman side
How To Get It: Defeat Wei Yan, Huang Zhong, and Yue Ying before any of your
allies defect.
Where It Is: In a box in the southernmost tunnel complex.
How I Did It: From my starting position, I headed west and defeated Lu Kai, Ma
Dai, and Wei Yan. I captured the base, headed northeast, and killed the four
Task Leaders to save Wu Tugu. Jinhuan Sanjie was under attack at this point, so
I hurried into the swamps and took out Huang Zhong, who had been weakened by
the poison. I then bolted up the northern path, slew Yue Ying, and headed west
to capture the base and dispatch Ma Chao and Guan Xing. With my allies safe, I
headed for the southern tunnels and secured the weapon. Finally, I made my way
to the northwest corner and killed Zhuge Liang to finish the battle. My total
time was 21:09.

If you have a fast horse and have worked up Meng Huo, you shouldn't have too
much difficulty obtaining this weapon. Getting across the map quickly is your
greatest challenge, and killing the enemy generals you meet in a timely manner
comes close behind. Equip your best harness to ensure that you'll be able to
reach your allies with ample time to save them, and don't bother fighting the
officers under Huang Zhong or Yue Ying unless they get in your way. You should
also resist the temptation to use the secret tunnels to reach Yue Ying after
saving Wu Tugu. If you do, you're likely to have a hard time catching up to
Huang Zhong before one of the other enemy generals defeats Jinhuan Sanjie. Play
it safe and wipe out the old man before you go after Zhuge Liang's wife.

Remember that the King of Beasts, like all 4th weapons, can only be obtained on
Hard or Chaos difficulty.
VII. Meng Huo's Costumes
Costume 1: Default costume. Meng Huo wears a crown and brown animal hides, and
has a shield slung over his back. My personal favorite.
Costume 2: A palette swap of costume 1. The colors of Meng Huo's crown, hides,
and shield change slightly. Meng Huo's skin and hair colors also change; his
skin turns black and his hair turns white. Earned at 6000 points.
Costume 3: Meng Huo's default costume from Dynasty Warriors 4. His crown is
replaced with a feathered headdress, and he loses the shield. His hides cover
more of his upper body, and his hairstyle and boots look a little different.
Earned at 20000 points.
Costume 4: Another of Meng Huo's costumes from Dynasty Warriors 4. The feathers
on his headdress are replaced with two horns, and the brown hides are replaced
with jaguar hides. Earned at 20000 points.
VIII. Questions & Answers
Q: Why a Meng Huo FAQ?
A: It hadn't been done yet, and I think he's a fun character to use.

Q: Meng Huo's a fat pansy.
A: That's not a question, though I really can't argue with the fat part. He's
certainly not a pansy; he's just more sensitive than he initially appears.

Q: Meng Huo was lucky to be married to a babe like Zhu Rong.
A: If we knew that the historical Zhu Rong was anything like her DW persona, I
might agree with you.

Q: I fulfilled the requirements to obtain Meng Huo's 4th weapon, but I didn't
get it! What gives?
A: Make sure that you're playing on Hard or Chaos difficulty, and that you
personally defeat Wei Yan, Huang Zhong, and Yue Ying.

Q: Your FAQ sucks! I've crapped out better FAQs than this!
A: As soon as you find a way to upload excrement, you should post your wondrous
creation for all to see.

Q: I posted my FAQ, and everyone I know thinks it's better than yours! Your FAQ
really DOES suck!
A: Congratulations! I am in awe of your superior FAQ-writing skills! Now go

Q: This is the best FAQ I've ever read! You're a genius and a god among men,
and I want to know more about you so that I can immortalize you!
A: I hear that one a lot. My contact info's listed below.

Q: <insert some question that has nothing to do with Meng Huo or the FAQ here>
A: See the second sentence of my previous answer.
IX. Special Thanks
I would like to thank...

...KOEI and Omega Force, for creating the Dynasty Warriors series.
...Malek Campbell, for writing an informative character unlocking FAQ.
...Edward Chang, for writing an informative 4th weapon FAQ.
...Kongming's Archives ( and its contributors, for
being a wealth of information on the Three Kingdoms period.
...CJayC, for posting this FAQ.
...Leo Chan, for posting this FAQ.
...the folks at IGN, for posting this FAQ.
...the folks at Super Cheats, for posting this FAQ., for reading this FAQ.
X. Contacting Me
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to mistake it for spam and delete it. I check my e-mail almost every day, so
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