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Follow the dark path or use the light

Xu Zhu FAQ

by Mythril Wyrm

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Table of Contents

I. Legal Notice/Disclaimer
II. Update History
III. About Xu Zhu
IV. Unlocking Xu Zhu
V. Using Xu Zhu
     A. Xu Zhu's attacks
          1. Regular attacks
          2. Evolution attacks
          3. Charge attacks
          4. Mounted attacks
          5. Other attacks
     B. Maximizing Xu Zhu's effectiveness
     C. Xu Zhu's Musou Mode
          1. Battle of Hu Lao Gate
          2. Battle of Chang Ban
          3. Battle of Tong Gate
          4. Battle of Mt. Ding Jun
          5. Battle of He Fei Castle
VI. Xu Zhu's Weapons
     A. Mace
     B. Spiked Mace
     C. Bone Crusher
     D. Stone Crusher
          1. Obtaining the Stone Crusher
VII. Xu Zhu's Costumes
VIII. Questions & Answers
IX. Special Thanks
X. Contacting Me

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I. Legal Notice/Disclaimer
This FAQ is copyright 2005 by Devin McCain. Presently, only the following
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Please notify me as soon as possible if you find it posted anywhere else. If
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This FAQ may contain spoilers. Continue reading at your own risk.

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that stupid, it's your own damn fault.

Got that? Good. Now, let's move on to the fun stuff...
II. Update History
v1.00 - Completed all sections.
III. About Xu Zhu
Xu Zhu's style name is Zhongkang. Kongming's Archives provides the following
information about him:

"Xu Chu was a massive man with impressive physical strength, and was renowned
in the areas of Ru Nan and Huai Nan (1). When Cao Cao was patrolling the area,
Xu Chu was fighting with Yellow Turban rebels. Cao Cao was impressed with Xu
Zhu’s power and enlisted him as an important guard, appointing him as Comman-

In the battles against Zhang Xiu and Ma Chao, Zhongkang saved Cao Cao’s life
with a great display of valor and was subsequently promoted to Imperial Corps
Commander of the Military Guard.

Later when Cao Pi assumed the position as Emperor of Wei, Xu Chu took charge of
the Imperial Guards and promoted to General of the Military Guard, and titled
Lord of Wansui Precinct. In addition, Xu Chu earned the title of Lord of

Zhongkang was prudent, dignified and calm when assuming the important roles of
his offices. However, in battle, it was said that Xu Chu was like a “Raging
Tiger”, and his strength equaled that of Dian Wei.

Xu Chu enjoyed close relationships with both Cao Cao and Cao Pi, after his
death, Cao Pi titled him Courageous Lord.

(1) Some translations use Xu Zhu instead of Xu Chu. The Chinese character used
for his transliterated to Chu3, a common surname."
IV. Unlocking Xu Zhu
To unlock Xu Zhu, you must complete the following steps:

-Insert Dynasty Warriors 5 in your PlayStation 2.
-Turn the PlayStation 2 on.

In other words, he's one of the initial characters.
V. Using Xu Zhu
A. Xu Zhu's attacks
1. Regular attacks
S      - A right-to-left swing.
SS     - A left-to-right swing.
SSS    - A right-to-left upward swing.
SSSS   - A left-to-right downward swing.
SSSSS  - A right-to-left upward swing.
SSSSSS - An overhead smash.
X + S  - A right-to-left upward swing.

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 right-to-left swing.
SSSSSSS          - A left-to-right swing.
SSSSSSSS         - A right-to-left upward swing.
SSSSSSSSS        - Xu Zhu does a massive right-to-left swing that hits almost
                   270 degrees and sends the enemy flying.

3. Charge attacks
T      - Xu Zhu stomps the ground, knocking down all surrounding enemies.
ST     - Xu Zhu does a left-to-right upward swing that knocks enemies into the
SST    - Xu Zhu does a series of quick overhead smashes, the last of which
         stuns the enemy. Stronger weapons will allow you to do more smashes
         by pressing T repeatedly.
SSST   - Xu Zhu does a massive right-to-left swing that hits almost 270 degrees
         and sends the enemy flying.
SSSST  - Xu Zhu smashes the ground with his club, producing a shockwave that
         knocks enemies a short distance in front of him into the air.
SSSSST - Xu Zhu places his club across his chest and hops forward, knocking the
         enemy into the air. He then leaps high into the air and does a butt
         slam, producing a shockwave that sends all surrounding enemies flying.
         Pressing T repeatedly will allow him to do up to two extra hops before
         the leap.
X + T  - Xu Zhu curls up into a ball and slams into the ground twice, producing
         shockwaves that knock the enemy into the air.

4. Mounted attacks
S     - The standard series of alternating attacks to the right and left.
T     - A series of two alternating attacks to the right and left.
Musou - A series of faster and stronger attacks to the right and left.

5. Other attacks
Dash attack   - Xu Zhu curls up into a ball and rolls into the enemy. Pressing
                S repeatedly will allow him to roll farther.
Counterattack - A massive right-to-left swing that sends the enemy flying.
                Similar to the T of his SSST combo, but unblockable.
Musou         - Xu Zhu spends around in circles with his club extended, knock-
                ing all surrounding enemies into the air. The last hit sends
                all enemies flying, and Xu Zhu falls over after performing it.
True musou    - Same as his regular musou, but replaces the last hit with a
                jumping smash with his club. The resulting shockwave sends all
                surrounding enemies flying.

B. Maximizing Xu Zhu's effectiveness
As I'm fond of saying, Xu Zhu is 110% power and -10% speed. His bowlegged gait
makes him a comically slow runner, and his attacks are similarly slow. All the
blows of his SST combo hit in a narrow area, and his SSSST combo can't hit foes
who are in his face. His size doesn't do much to improve his defense, either.

Xu Zhu does, however, have two advantages that few characters in the game can
rival: his immense strength and his SSST combo. His SST combo with his mighty
club can quickly reduce most enemy generals to paste, and his SSSSST combo
works well against lone enemies or small groups. His SSSST combo can juggle
indefinitely if you're using a light weapon, but you'll have to position your-
self so that your target's a few steps in front of you if you want it to hit
reliably. It's against large groups, however, that you should make liberal use
of Xu Zhu's signature move. With his SSST combo, he can send enemies flying far
enough to make Babe Ruth envious. All the time they spend in the air means they
take a lot of extra damage if they're on fire, so equip the Fire Orb on Xu Zhu
if you like to abuse this combo. If you'd rather focus on making his musou more
devastating, equip an Ice Orb instead.

I recommend the following equipment for Xu Zhu:

Harness: Red Hare Harness
Orb: Fire Orb/Ice Orb
Items: Tiger Amulet, Tortoise Amulet, Ginseng, Herbal Remedy/Survival Guide,
Green Scroll

C. Xu Zhu's Musou Mode
Xu Zhu's Musou Mode, like most of the others in the game, consists of five bat-
tles, some of which can be very intense. If you get hopelessly stuck, try out
these strategies.

1. Battle of Hu Lao Gate
Free Mode Difficulty: *
Time Limit: 90:00

Your first major challenge is overthrowing the tyrant Dong Zhuo. Start by head-
ing west, capturing the defense base, and defeating Li Su, who will show up as
reinforcements. Proceed north, cutting your way through Li Ru and the attack
base, and defeat the nearby Wang Fang and Li Meng. Follow the westernmost path
to reach Li Jue, dispatch him, and head east to fight Gao Shun and Guo Si. Make
sure you leave the Gate Captain near Guo Si alive until you're ready to fight
Lu Bu; once he dies, the gate will open and Lu Bu will join the fray. You might
want to mop up the remaining enemy generals in the southeast before killing the
Gate Captain, or even leave him alive and let your allies trigger Lu Bu's ap-
pearance. If at all possible, defeat Lu Bu when he appears; it's a good way to
test your skills and will make the last leg of the battle much easier. If you
just can't stand up to him, head east of Hu Lao Gate, loop around to the north
and west for Zhang Liao, and leap off the wall to reach Dong Zhuo's main camp
and butcher the pig at your leisure. Make sure that you leave at least one of
his subordinates alive, however, or he'll call Lu Bu back for protection.

2. Battle of Chang Ban
Free Mode Difficulty: **
Time Limit: 60:00

Liu Bei must not escape! Impede his efforts by heading west from your starting
position and pummeling Zhao Yun, who will boost the enemy's morale if he meets
up with his commander. Once he's been dealt with, make haste to the southwest
corner of the battlefield, then head east and capture the two neutral bases to
slow Liu Bei's progress. Next, make your way through the defense to reach the
heart of the battlefield, where Zhuge Liang, Liao Hua, and Zhang Fei should be
gathering. Wipe them all out and head west to find Mi Zhu, and defeat Jian Yong
and Guan Yu when they show up as reinforcements. If you haven't had your fill
of battle yet, wait for Liu Qi to show up in the east; if you're ready to be
done with this battle, chase Liu Bei down and beat him senseless.

3. Battle of Tong Gate
Free Mode Difficulty: **
Time Limit: 60:00

Ma Chao's coalition wants to dispense some justice on Cao Cao. You can stop him
from succeeding by heading west and defeating Li Kan as soon as the battle be-
gins. After dealing with him, head back east to regroup with Cao Cao and follow
him across the river. Ma Chao and Ma Dai will pursue you; make your way to the
northwest corner and eliminate Cheng Yi, Cheng Yin, and Hou Xuan to expedite
Han Sui's defection. Once Zhang Lu appears or the preparations for the ploy are
complete, race back to Cao Cao's side and obliterate anyone who poses a threat
to his safety. Finish clearing out the generals in the northwest if necessary,
then head for the southern portion of the battlefield and mop up Liang Xing,
Yang Qiu, and Pang De to put an end to the coalition.

4. Battle of Mt. Ding Jun
Free Mode Difficulty: ***
Time Limit: 60:00

Liu Bei's forces have grown much larger and stronger since their defeat at
Chang Ban, and they're trying to prove their strength by invading your lands.
Begin beating them back by heading southwest and dispatching Chen Shi and Wu
Lan. Zuo Ci will appear by your starting position to taunt you; catch him if
you can and beat him to a pulp. Once he's defeated or escapes, proceed west for
Meng Da, an attack base, and Wei Yan. Head southeast towards Huang Zhong,
taking out Yan Yan and Guan Ping as you encounter them, and beat the old man
into submission before he kills Xiahou Yuan. Cao Cao will appear once one of
them falls, and Liu Bei and Zhao Yun will respond by charging your main camp.
Knock some sense into both of them.

5. Battle of He Fei Castle
Free Mode Difficulty: *****
Time Limit: 90:00

This battle will determine the fate of the land...and really, it's not as hard
as it appears at first glance. From your initial position, head either east or
west and start dispatching the officers under Cheng Pu (in the west) or Taishi
Ci (in the east). Zuo Ci will appear by your starting position early on, so you
might want to backtrack and pummel him into oblivion before proceeding. Once
you're ready, continue along your chosen path and slay officers until you reach
Cheng Pu or Taishi Ci. Send him to join his subordinates, then continue to the
front gates and dispose of the ram and the three officers under Lu Xun. The
little elf should declare an all-out attack before you kill him, and the re-
maining enemy generals will converge on Cao Pi. Make a mad dash to the north
and get ready for one hell of a party. The ranks of the enemies in the area
will include Sun Shao, Jiang Qin, Taishi Ci/Cheng Pu, Pan Zhang, and more than
a few officers, but you should be able to prove that none of them are a match
for your club. With the mess cleaned up and Cao Pi safe from potential threats,
charge for Sun Quan's flagship in the southeast corner and beat down Zhou Tai,
who will attempt to stop your progress. Zhuge Jin and Zhuge Luo are both on the
boat with Sun Quan, and they'll both fall quickly before your might. Only Sun
Quan himself will remain now, and you should give him the beating that he so
thoroughly deserves.

Once Sun Quan falls, the battle is yours. Enjoy the ending!
VI. Xu Zhu's Weapons
A. Club
Base Attack: 5
Weight and bonuses will vary.

B. Spiked Club
Base Attack: 10
Weight and bonuses will vary.

C. Bone Crusher
Base Attack: 16
Weight and bonuses will vary.

D. Stone Crusher
Base Attack: 38
Weight: Light
Bonuses: Fill Lv. 17, Luck Lv. 15, Bow Lv. 19, Defense Lv. 19, Life Lv. 20

1. Obtaining the Stone Crusher
Where To Get It: Battle of Tong Gate, Wei's side
How To Get It: Defeat Ma Chao and Pang De before defeating Han Sui.
Where It Is: In the center of the cave to the south of the river.
How I Did It: From my starting position, I headed west and wiped out Li Kan. I
crossed the river, headed west, captured the attack base, and defeated Cheng Yi
to clear a path for my forces. I then doubled back to protect Cao Cao from Ma
Chao, and defeated Ma Dai and Zhang Lu while I was in the area. Once Cao Cao
was safe, I headed to the southeast corner to take care of Yang Qiu, then pro-
ceeded west for Liang Xing, the defense base, and Pang De. I went east through
the cave, secured the weapon, and made my way to the northeast corner of the
battlefield before heading west to rendezvous with Cao Cao. I carved a path
through the peons around him to reach Zhang Heng while my allies dispatched Hou
Xuan and captured one of the supply bases. Once Cao Cao was safe, I charged in-
to and captured the last remaining supply base and cut down Han Sui to finish
the battle. My total time was 21:48.

You face three challenges while trying to obtain this weapon: defeating Ma
Chao, defeating Pang De, and keeping Cao Cao alive. Wiping out the generals in
the northwest early on will stop them from endangering Cao Cao as the enemy's
morale rises, but you need to make sure that at least one of them stays alive.
If they all die too soon, Han Sui may get isolated and defect before you've had
time to defeat his two accomplices. Ma Chao, who has high morale and is full of
fighting spirit, can be a threat to both you and Cao Cao if you don't eliminate
him quickly. Stay close to Cao Cao for protection, and take your time fighting
him. If you're using the Fire Orb, juggling him will make the fight much
shorter. Pang De is similarly strong, but his slow speed makes him easier to
handle than Ma Chao. As soon as he falls, grab your weapon and get back to Cao
Cao's side to make sure that he doesn't die at the hands of the few remaining
generals. If you have a second player helping you, let him or her keep Cao Cao
safe from harm while you deal with Ma Chao and Pang De.

Remember that the Stone Crusher, like all 4th weapons, can only be obtained on
Hard or Chaos difficulty.
VII. Xu Zhu's Costumes
Costume 1: Default costume. Xu Zhu wears a plain-looking blue vest and pants.
Costume 2: A palette swap of costume 1. Xu Zhu's vest and pants become red.
Earned at 6000 points.
Costume 3: Xu Zhu's default costume from Dynasty Warriors 4. Xu Zhu's vest is
more stylized and covers less of his midriff, and he wears his hair in a bun.
Minor changes are also made to his pants and boots. Earned at 20000 points. My
personal favorite.
Costume 4: Another of Xu Zhu's costumes from Dynasty Warriors 4. Xu Zhu's vest
is replaced by a silver parka that's several sizes too small for him, and the
color of his pants changes. Earned at 20000 points.
VIII. Questions & Answers
Q: Why a Xu Zhu FAQ?
A: It hadn't been done yet, and I think he's a fun character to use.

Q: Xu Zhu's a fat idiot.
A: That's not a question, though I really can't argue with the fat part. He's
traditionally been described as forgetful and somewhat simple-minded, so you
can't say that KOEI's being untrue to its source material.

Q: His name's spelled Xu Chu, not Xu Zhu! You're an illiterate dolt who doesn't
know anything about Chinese!
A: Although the novel - or some translations of it, at least - refers to him as
Xu Chu, the Dynasty Warriors games have always referred to him as Xu Zhu. Since
this FAQ is written for people who play those games (Surprise!), calling him Xu
Zhu is less likely to confuse people.

Q: I fulfilled the requirements to obtain Xu Zhu'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 Ma Chao and Pang De.

Q: A "butt slam?"
A: Yep.

Q: Why?
A: If you can think of a better way to describe Xu Zhu's SSSSST combo, I'd like
to hear it.

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 Xu Zhu 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
If you want to get in touch with me, send an e-mail to [email protected]
Be sure to put the word "FAQ" in the subject line of your e-mail, or I'm liable
to mistake it for spam and delete it. I check my e-mail almost every day, so
you should receive a reply quickly in most cases. I accept praise, additions,
corrections, and constructive criticism, and will do what I can to answer any
questions that aren't addressed in the FAQ. Please keep your e-mails polite and
intelligible; I won't reply to rude, crass, or incomprehensible e-mails unless
I'm in a really bad mood. If you provide me with information that I decide to
add to the FAQ, you will be given credit for it.

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Happy gaming!