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B R A V E    F E N C E R    M U S A S H I D E N
                Version 4.0
Walkthrough by Jerrold Ng

1. Introduction
2. Controls / Basic Techniques
3. Walkthrough
   i.   Chapter 1
   ii.  Chapter 2
   iii. Chapter 3
   iv.  Chapter 4
   v.   Chapter 5
   vi.  Chapter 6
4. Hints & Tips
5. Combos, Minku and People-in-crystal list
6. Acknowledgements
1. Introduction

Before I start the FAQ / Walkthrough, I need to set a few things
straight -

a) I do not know Japanese, so all the story bits are
simply guesswork, don't trust them too much. Don't ask me to
translate anything either!

b) This is quite an update from the previous versions. I may still
be doing things wrong without realizing it, so please inform me if
I've messed anything up ^_^

c) Versions 1.0 & 2.0 were basic walkthroughs, but after version
3.0 it really covers a lot of miscellaneous info here and there...
so it's pretty detailed now!

OK, enough rambling, lets get on with it...

        Brave Fencer Musashiden is an Action/RPG by my favorite
game Company, Squaresoft. It tells a story of a young boy Samurai,
called Musashi (I'm told this is based on a real life person
who lived in Feudal Japan who uses two swords as his weapon and
never lost a sword duel until he was eighteen or something)
wielding two swords, living in his own little world until he's
summoned to help a peaceful country fight a less-peaceful enemy.
Well, a basic RPG story, really. This game is a Zelda/Alundra-type
Adventure RPG, so don't let the first stage fool you (more on
that later).

        You will need a good command of Japanese to play this
game; without help of a few fellow gamers, I would have never
gotten passed the first hour of the game. So, I suggest that you
should be patient and wait for the US version, slated something
at the end of this year (1998). However, if the urge of playing a
Squaresoft Action/RPG (or most likely the FF8/Ehrgeiz demo that
comes with it :) ) is too much for you, read on!

New to version 2.0
- Added walkthroughs for chapter 4-6 so quit bugging me with
  e-mails already!! ^_^
- Added technique 'counter'
- Cleared up some errata
- Added more info on the Minku

New to version 3.0
- Added complete list of Minku, also including the Mega Minku!
- Added info about Limited Addition Figures and Musicians
- Added extra info on skills and sleeping
- Monster and get-in list for Chapters 5 & 6
- Cleared up some more errata
- Expanded on bits a lot of people seem to get stuck in
- Translated some stuff here and there

New to version 4.0
- Added the complete list of people-in-crystals
- Added Combo List
- Cleared up some confusing bits in the ice castle, mine,
  final palace, and some other bits here and there
- Cleared up even more errata

What I want to add (much later)
- A list of all the toys, including the Limited Edition ones
- Anything else of interest

2. Controls / Basic Techniques

As mentioned before, I have next to no knowledge in Japanese, so all
the following are purely an educated guess. Correct me if I'm wrong,
will ya?

Start Screen -
Two options, first one being to start a new game, second to load a
saved game. You knew that, didn't you?

Controls -
Direction Pad -   Moves the Musashi around. Seems obvious.
Square Button -   Swings his basic weapon, a thin katana blade. Tap
                  this button to rack up a few hits ending with a
                  rolling cut attack.
X    Button   -   Jump. You can jump backwards if you hold down R1
                  while pressing X.
Triangle Button - Swings your second weapon, which is the magical
                  blade Reygund. Hits once, but does lots of damage.
                  You don't have this weapon at the beginning of the
                  game. You can upgrade the sword later with magic
                  rune stones at chapters 2,3,4 and 5.
  Circle Button - Uses your absorbed ability. More on this below.
    R1   Button - Defends against frontal attacks. Also fills up
                  bar on the bottom-left for various techniques
                  (once again, more on that below)
    L1   Button - Hold this down for Musashi to walk instead of
                  run (not really sure how useful this is)
 R2 & L2 Button - Rotates camera if you're in town, in other cases
                  it simply zooms in slightly, and in some other
                  cases, does nothing at all.
  Select Button - Switches between Fight Mode and Sleep Mode, more
                  on that below.
   Start Button - Looks at your characters inventory and pauses the
                  game while you're at it.

Techniques -

Get-In Technique - One of the main techniques the game uses is the
ability to steal enemy techniques and use them as your own. Each
normal creature you meet has a technique to steal. To steal an
ability, hold down the R1 button until you gauge is full, then
press the Square Button in front of the enemy> If successfully hit,
the sword will start glowing green. Tap the Square button until
the gauge is completely green to absorb the enemy's ability.

There are two major types of abilities you can steal - 1) Spells;
where you press the circle button to do the attack, which drains
your BP (Battle Point, I think) and 2) Skills - where you gain
certain abilities (e.g. Pogo hopping, BP drawing, etc..). These
usually drains a small bit of BP from you when you first absorb
them; they lasts only for a limited time, or stops if you're hit.

Force Attack - As above, if you hold down the R1 button till the
gauge is full, but press the Triangle Button instead, you let loose
your sword Reygund's Force Attack. Your first ability is a sword
swirl; you'll get other Force Attacks later.

Counter Blow - Apparently, if you charge your bar (R1), then
press Triangle just after you've blocked an attack (you should
already be in blocking stance at the moment), you can counter
attack the enemy for massive damage. Good for really persistent
and really hardy enemies.

HP & BP - You character has two bars at the bottom left
representing BP and HP. HP is your character's Health Points
(or Hit Points, for you RPG fanatics); you're dead if that drops
to zero. BP is your battle point; you need this to use enemy
special skills that you have stolen. Incidentally, BP goes down on
its own as time passes. When it reaches zero, your character
loses the will to fight and will do less damage and walk slower.
This is very dangerous if you're in a middle of a dungeon, so
grab a green ball as soon as possible!

Time - Being a first for an Action/RPG, time is figured into the
game. That's right, there will be night and day in this game, and
certain puzzles will depend on this. A day passes very quickly in
this game, but at certain times, you'll have to wait quite a while
for the right time to go for a puzzle. So, Squaresoft puts in the
Sleeping Mode into the game.

Sleeping - To access this mode, press the Select Button and you'll
notice that the bottom-left icon (in the circle) changes from a
sword to a moon. In this mode, hold down R1 until the gauge is
full, then release it and Musashi will fall asleep on the spot
(Musashi is quite a snoozer... this guy can fall asleep the middle
of a marketplace in the day!). Falling asleep sends time racing by
(about 10-20 minutes passes in 1 second) and heals you gradually.
However, your BP will start going down at a even faster rate, so be
warned! However, later in the game you'll get a magic blanket
ability than let's you restore both HP & BP. After a nap, be sure
to switch back to Attack Mode (press select again). It's not a nice
experience to fall asleep in front of an enemy when what you really
want is to do a Force Attack on him!

Sleepiness - On the bottom right is a circle with a picture of
your hero Musashi. If that Circle starts to close up, and you
notice that Musashi is getting sluggish, this means he's sleepy.
Go to a quiet corner or an inn to catch a few Zs. You'll also
see a percentage number once he's asleep. Keep sleeping and let
the percentage go back down to about 12-15%. Incidentally, 50%
is the level you should look out for. Above it Musashi starts
to get sleepy, and above 70% he will barely be able to lift his

Combos - You get combos from the people you rescue; go talk to
them at the old man's place in the castle. You can check what
combos you have in you inventory screen, 3rd option. Look at
section 5 for a complete list of combos you can learn.

Abilities - Another section on the menu is the ability list.
Here, you get to see what abilities you have learned to help
you on your way! The complete list is as follows -
- Mountain Climbing - Let's you climb brown walls - just jump at
                      them at tap Sq and Tri alternately
- Double Jump - Let's you jump twice (press X twice)
- Identifying - Lets you identify objects without the help of the
                guy at the pawn shop
- Ice Walking - Let's you walk on ice without slipping
- Speed Charging - Let's you charge your bar (R1) faster
- Skilled Sleeping (??) - Let's you regain both BP and HP while

3. Walkthrough

Chapter 1 : Getting Reygund
This chapter begins with you inside the forest. If you play
through the chapter, you may think that this game is very action
orientated, but looks can be deceiving!

Monster     Get-In
--------    ------
Green Plant - Protective circle; prevents conditions like sleep
              but totally useless at this stage.
Gun Soldier - Turns our hero's hand into a machine gun. Each
              shot does 4 points of damage, and drains 1 BP.
Sword Soldier - Stuns an enemy with a bash, uses up 4 BP.

In the starting area, steal the Gun Soldier's ability when you
meet them. When you reach the three big rocks, just push them,
when you reach a statue, just break it with whatever you've got.
Once you reach the river too far for you to jump, use the ability
you've stolen - the machine gun, and fire at the logs on the other
side to make a bridge.

Once you reach the tower, it gets even simpler. Break the four
statues and press the buttons underneath while avoiding the bolts
the statue head fires at you. Do this and the tower rises...

Inside the tower, run up the spiral stairs. Avoid the purple bats
(are they bats?) that come down at regular intervals while killing
off the soldiers. Keep to your gun ability. Almost to the top,
Musashi will comment on the bell structure in the center of the
tower. Just climb a little higher until you reach the closed
door then shoot the bell with your Gun ability (there is a Gun
Soldier conveniently close by in case you've lost it). Once
the bell falls, you'll teleport to the top of the tower.

At the tower top, steal the ability of the Sword Soldier, then
stand near the pressure pad. Once a Soldier approaches you, and
stands on the pad, stun him. Pick up that sword.. Now you
have the powerful magical sword Reygund as your ally!

Now the statue starts rolling at you, you run down the tower
side (how he does it is anyone's guess). This is purely an
action level, so I can't help you very much; just remember to
jump when Musashi tells you to!

After crashing through the palace wall, the bad guy you meet
will surround you in flames and captures the princess (its an
RPG law, you know). Use your new weapon's Force Attack to get
out of the flames, then be prepared to fight a huge boss!

Boss : Big Mechanical Thingie
First of all, hit the thing's foot (blatantly obvious thanks
to those pointing arrows) while avoiding the fumes that spews
out of it. When he starts spinning his ball, start running.
Once a leg is down, cut off that cloth and start hacking at
the green globe at his... you know. Repeat that for his other
leg, then once he's down, toss him through the wall. Repeat
the fight again, toss him through the wall again, then finally
you will end up in town. Hit his green globe every time he
lands from a jump, and he's history! On to chapter 2.

Chapter 2 : Reactor Trouble

Monsters        Get-In
--------        ------
Spear Soldier - Allows you to throw spears for 8BP per shot.
                this one is actually very powerful.
Pink Flowers - Give you the ability to pogo hop. You lose 8BP
               for this ability, and pressing Circle Button
               or getting hit cancels the ability.
Ghosts - Magic of Shrinking. Uses 10BP per casting,
         this spell lets you shrink the enemy and
         then harmlessly walk on them. Splat!
Mushrooms - You become extremely sleepy and sluggish.
            Definitely not a good thing to Get-In!
White Blob - Drains BP from your surroundings. Useful.
             You first lose 4 BP though, and lose the
             ability once you're hit.

First, after waking up from that long rest, you get a briefing
by that old guy you met in the castle at the start of the game.
After that, you may go around the castle.

Options         Effects
-------         -------
1 - Old Man     Lets you talk to the people you have rescued
                from the crystals. More on this later.
2 - Bishop      Just browse through some library stuff. Think of
                it as an online manual...
3 - Room        Lets you sleep and regain your HP and BP once you
                come back to the castle, not usable at the moment.
4 - Stats       View your stats. This is same as pressing START
5 - Leave       Lets you leave the castle.
6 - Gondola     You'll only get this after chapter 4, see below

For the first time, you can't leave until you've talked to the
bishop at the library. Then you will take a wild ride out of the
castle (are you sure that's necessary, Musashi?) and begin your
long adventure. Go explore the village first:

Shops           Effect
-----           ------
Inn             Allows you to rest and save. Actually,
                don't bother resting here; go back to
                the castle and rest, it's free there!
Item Shop       Buys stuff that mostly heals your HP
                or remove conditions like poison
Bakery          Buys stuff that mostly heals BP
Pawnshop        Identify unknown items (those items
                whose description includes brackets with
                highlighted Japanese characters at the
                bottom). Also allows you to sell of some
                junk that you've identified.
Bar             Lets you talk to people and play some
                games with one of them.
Toy Store       Weirdest feature of the game, this shop
                sells action figures of characters from
                BFM! You can examine your toy back in your
                room in the castle; just choose the second
                option. I've been told there are secret
                limited addition models in the game... see

First off, talk to everyone you meet, knock on every door you see.
If you talk to the elder (a guy with a red headband) you'll get a
quest where you must rescue a dog in order to get more info on
the magic books you'll encounter later. Find that dog by going up
to the mountain region; the entrance is where you started off in
town, where a guy is guarding the way. Once you've entered, there
are two paths, one of them leading to a spike pit and boulders.
Remember this area and then go the other way. You'll encounter a
white blob blocking you path. No problem; use the Wizard's shrink
ability to get him to a more manageable size. Then, once you've
spotted the dog, pick him up and carefully walk back to town (fall
into water and you'll have to go back and get him at his little

Once you've returned the dog, the elder tells you he knows nothing
about the books. Duped again! Anyway, he tells you to talk to
Jan, a treasure hunter - who happens to be locked up at the
south end of the village, and is the owner of the dog. Talk to
a few other villagers to find out about his plight, and then talk
to him and he'll tell you he's hungry and thirsty. Now go to the
well (where the two women meet during the day; you won't be able
to reach the well because of them, so come back at night)
and get some water, and buy some bread in the bakery (it's the
cheapest item in the list), then go back to him. Give him the
stuff (option 1) and he'll ask you to free him! Problem is, the
guy that locked him there is dead already, so you'll have to hunt
for his tomb. He'll ask his dog to help you out. Now you must
head to the Haunted Forest.

To get there, look for a path by the windmill; this will take you
to a spot with some steaming pipes and a person to rescue (break
the crystal which holds him with your Reygund); go pass the big
pipe to enter the forest. Follow the route to reach the area where
you see thorny briars on the floor, pass an overhead pipe. Use a
nearby pink flowers ability to pogo-hop over the briars, then
you'll get to the Haunted Forest. Follow the dog, kill the few
monsters you'll meet, and you'll eventually reach the grave.
Search the grave the dog indicates and pick up the key. Now
you'll have to head back to town.

Talk to the Jan again and he'll tell you to come back at
midnight; wait or sleep till then (incidentally, midnight is
shown as 0.00 on the clock), after that, talk to him again
to free him. He'll tell you to meet him at the mountains, so
it's off to the mountains (again)!

Pass the spot where you saved the dog, you'll see two new
lilypads in the water. Follow them, and climb some poles, and
you'll reach the mountain area. There's a temporary save here
in the form of a treasure chest. Doesn't save to your memory
card, but you'll have the option to return there if you die.
However, be warned that you'll lose half your gold if you do
die and return here!

Anyway, take the long route up the mountain and eventually
you'll meet the Jan again. He'll ask you to find four logs
for him. If you're observant, you'd probably have found them
all already, if not, looking a little harder. (Hint : They're
all in the same area - try finding ways to go down...)

With the for logs, he'll build you a raft. Now you can take
a wild ride down the river in a cool arcade bit; also a good
source of money if you're broke! The river ride has two exits,
one harder to find exit leads you to another person to rescue.
The main one leads you to a treasure chest at the top of the
mountain to the right of where you first entered (with the pit
and the big boulders). Get that chest!

Go back to the pawnshop in town and ask to identify the item
you've found; its actually an ability item; and gives you
the ability to climb certain walls (ones that are in a darker
shade of brown). Once you've left the pawnshop, you'll notice
that the entire town is filled with smoke. The guy who talks
to you tells you that a nearby power plant (at least that's
what I think it is) has broken down. He also tells you to
talk to the man running the plant. You might want to save
now... tough bits are ahead!

Go to the area by the entrance to the mountains, and you'll
notice some brown walls.. you know what to do. Talk to the
guy running up and down and he'll tell you that the reactor
at the plant is gonna blow in 24 hours; and gives you
directions on how to shut it down. Now go to the area with
lots of steaming pipes and go all the way to the end. There's
some brown walls here too.. Once you've reached the plant
(ironic way of calling it, eh?) you'll have to figure out
how to open the door. It's very obvious.. there are two bars
here, a red one and a blank one. The red bar keeps going
up and down, just stop it at the point saying OKAY! and
the other bar builds up. Each time you stop the red bar at
the OKAY! the blue bar goes up, if you fail the blue bar
goes down. Fill up the entire blue bar and you can proceed.

The inside bit is pretty tough. You'll need to perform the
similar operation 8 times (each with increasing difficulty)
in the order of the numbers. And, if it's not bad enough,
you have a limited time in between two operations! You'll
need to hone your reflexes for this one. After successfully
shutting down the reactor, the plant keeper will be outside;
and he'll tell you to go to the mountain.

At the mountain, go to the spot down at the base of the
mountain (pass the save-game treasure chest) and you'll
meet the guy who kidnapped the princess. He'll challenge you
to a climbing contest; climb real fast up the mountain
and you'll quickly end his existence. Here, you can find
the Earth Rune, that powers up your sword Reygund with the
ability to create quakes as his force attack. It paralyzes
nearby enemies but doesn't injure them.

Now go back to the afore-mentioned area with the pit and
boulders. Use your newfound power to send down the
boulders and create a path onwards. You'll be blocked
after a short walk; there are four pads to be pressed
simultaneously. Now go back to the old man at the castle.

If you have explored a little and rescued a lot of people,
the old man will send four of them to help you out. These
are four specific people mind you, so even if you don't
have one of them you cannot proceed! Look for them if the
elder refuses to help you. Now go back to town, pick up
some healing herbs, save the game etc.. cause its boss time!
Back to the mountain!

Boss : Crystal Guardian No. 1
The fella you meet cannot be harmed thanks to its hard
armor. When your four friends start sending stuff across
in buckets above you, use the quake ability to send it
down onto the boss. When he gets hit by a large rock,
he'll get dizzy. Use Reygund to strike the gem in its
mouth. He'll go berserk now and has a new attack where
he burrows his hand on the ground and slows you... get
the four guys to drop a herb to remove the condition.
After another big rock or bomb on his head, he'll get
dizzy again. Give him another blow. Now, he will start
attacking the four guys up there. Knock him down using
quake when he tries to climb up. Another big rock,
another big slash, and he's history! On to chapter 3.

Chapter 3 : Cursed Town
Monsters        Get-In
--------        ------
Zombies - Surrounds you with flies... not sure
          what this is for.
White Blob - Not the ones you see outside but
             the ones found inside the mine.
             Surrounds you with white balls,
             again not sure what that does..
Blue Mushroom - Poisons you... not a good idea!
Snakes - Gives you the ability to heal yourself
         of poison. Pretty useful in later
         chapters! 6BP.
Bowler Plants - Let's you do some bowling! Press
                Circle Button twice to hurl a
Ghosts - Lets your spirit leave your body and
         wander about.

You return to town after your victory and find out the
town is in trouble again! (Sigh...) Anyway, to find
out about the problem, talk to the village elder and
that other guy in the center of town. They will tell you
that blue zombies have started to prowl the town at
midnight. Take a look if you want; they start appearing
from the bar.

You have to look for a few treasures to solve this little
problem... namely the ....

The Flower - Go to the guy at the windmill at midnight
and he'll give you the key to the mine in the town.
He'll also tell you the flower only blooms from 3am-7am.
Enter the mine. At the junction, go right. There's a
poison-spewing mushroom here, avoid it if you want. Climb
up the pole. In the next scene, you'll have to practice
your jumping skills a lot, can't help you here. You'll
eventually reach a big fan. Wait until it stops, then jump
down. At the bottom is a temporary save chest again, use
it if you want, then go left. More jumping involved, and
then you'll reach a pool with some rotating platforms.
Jump carefully to reach the flower, then wait till the
time reaches 3am-7am, then pick up the flower. Now,
get out of the mine by climbing the wall below the fan
and go right...

The Holy Water - Go up to the mountains. On your way up
you'll meet that guy you talked to earlier; he's injured
and dying. To save him, run / climb up to the top of the
mountain and get that water before 12 hours pass (more
like 12 minutes to you), then give it to him. Note :
A rock is usually blocking your way at the point where
Jan built a raft for you - just quake it down!

After this, go back to the tavern and wait till midnight.
The barkeeper will tell you about the problem, and tells
you to leave. You'll get a hint that some of the people
in the bar is now residing in the inn. Go talk to them
(go to the inn, choose the 1st option, then in the
sub-menu choose 3rd option, then examine the rooms with
no price tags on them) and the barmaid will tell you the
location of the secret entrance. So, wait for the blue
zombies to start coming out (at about midnight) and then
sneak into the bar. You'll enter the secret temple (choose
option one).

In the secret temple, you'll find out that you need to
light up the four eyes on the wall to progress further.
You can try each of the four doors in whatever order you
want. They're not difficult, but you really need to test
your jumping skill...

Door1 - The one with the moving platforms forming a
bridge. No tricks here, except maybe you'll need to
throw some zombies around to get anywhere. Once you've
reached the teleporter and dark areas, take the
teleporters in this order - Right, Left, Left.

Door2 - The ones with the bowling ball plants. Note that
in this temple, use your bowling ability on any cracked
walls to break them down. There are some secret rooms
around here... Once you reach the flame-spewing totem
pole, the trick is not to make eye contact with it.
Using your basic Reygund, turn around, hold block, and
walk towards it (with your back turned), then use your
Force attack once you're close. Some crushing walls bit,
some more bowling bits, and you're outta here!

Door3 - Lots of floating teleporters. Easy! There are
some dark areas here, which you can sort out if you
get-in the ability of a ghost.. you'll become one and
float about, so you can examine the darkened area
before stepping in.

Door4 - Some difficult jumping here with the rotating
floor blocks. Also, you'll meet swinging blades and
fireballs later. Practice and you'll get through in no

You'll need to hit the crystal at the end of every room
to light up the eyes. Be sure to go back to the barkeeper
to heal yourself. Also, be on the lookout for
people-in-crystals - there's at least two of them in every

After opening the door with the four eyes, you'll meet
with the barkeeper again, and pick up the double jump
ability (go back to the pawnshop to get it). Now you
can go into the compound of the church. Talk to the priest
and he'll tell you that there are strange sounds at night,
every 2am in the morning. So come back at this time and
he'll get you into the church.

Midboss? - Red Zombies - After a long chat with that gal
you'll meet, you'll have to fight with 5 red zombies.
Just keep hitting them. They start coming out one at the
time, then two, then three, while others will be hurling
paralyzing balls at you. Move around and keep hitting
them - don't let them grab you! It's instant death if
they do! After a long battle, daylight will enter the
room and kill all of them.

Now, the priest asks you to retrieve the bell for him;
you'll get a rope. The bell is down in the well, use
the rope to get down. Here, you'll get the Water Rune!
The Special Ability of the rune helps you to walk on
water and sprays water bubbles at enemies (does no damage
to most enemies though). You can now get to the bell.
It's impossible to get up using the rope, so you'll have
to bring the bell out through the mines area. Just toss
it around... Once you leave the mines, the priest will
give you a little statuette that is actually the key to
the locked door at the underground shrine!

Make sure you save the game first. Bring plenty of herbs.
Now go in to the shrine under the bar, use the double
jump to get to the door, and then be prepared for a
long and difficult jumping exercise. You'll eventually
reach the boss room and challenge the next crystal

Boss - Crystal Guardian No. 2
This one really takes a very long time to beat. First,
you'll have to fight with a shape-changing ball of fire.
Use your sword's new ability to fire bubbles at it. Note
that you will not be injured if you get hit by him while
in the bubble, the bubble just bursts. After a very long
battle, he'll be extinguished. Hit the crystal, and the
ball of fire appears again. You have to repeat this
another two times before the guardian is defeated!
Then, it's on to chapter 4...

Chapter 4 - Ice Palace and another Musashi?
In the intro, the princess opens the gate to the
home world of Musashi again, hoping for another hero,
and ends up with Kojiro, Musashi's archrival! This
flame-haired Samurai looks like an equal match to
Musashi... now things get interesting.

Monsters        Get-Ins
--------        -------
Penguin Dudes - Can absorb anything from this guy
Leapers - Gives you a nice map of your area, costs 8BP
Mecha-Musashi - Drops a decoy (press Cir) which can be
                detonated (press it again) - 25BP, and
                you only get one, so it's more useful in
                solving puzzles than in killing bad guys
Ice Plant - Protective orb that prevents poison and
            sleeping... Same as the non-frozen
            versions, drains 8BP from the start
KarateWolf - A jumpkick, basically. Does good damage
             though, and uses 4BP
Ice Gorilla - Lets you throw things real far? Dunno, never
              got to use it
Iron Golem - Protective armor, drains 25BP when used, but
             you'll be immune to just about anything

After your successful battle with the guardian, go down
the well again and use your new water magic on the symbol
on the ground. After some rumbling, and water level
adjusting, you'll meet up with two strange-looking fellows.
You'll meet them again much later. After a long chat, you're
free to pick up the myriad of treasure chest around the area.
You can also use the water spell in the pool near the south
of town. In the treasure chest you find, you get a pair of red
shades (go identify them at the pawnshop). These allow you to
identify items as you pick them up. At least you'll be
visiting the pawnshop a little less often now!

Now, talk to the elder's wife and pick option two then one and
you'll learn about the magic gondola, how it's broken, and what
needs to be done to fix it. Go talk to the guy living in the
windmill (in the day he's standing in a farm plot with another
old guy). Go back to the castle and talk to the old man, then
back to town and talk to the elder's wife. Now, go back to the
mine, drop down the huge fan, then go right. After a long
journey, you'll reach a small room with a few gears. If you
don't know which gear to pick up, go back to the old man
in the castle and talk to a few people you've rescued. Turns
out some of them worked at the mine, and will give you some
hints for which gear to pick up. It's the one with the hole
on the middle, gold in color, and has 3 holes surrounding it.
Go back to the mine again, pick up the third gear from the
left. (if you pick the wrong gear, the old man will tell you
to return and pick up the correct one) and give it to the
old man. He'll fix the gondola. Now you'll automatically
go to sleep, and when you wake up -

City On Fire - A massive fire breaks out in town, and
you've got to use your water rune to control the fire.
It's not too hard; just spray water at all 8 burning huts!
After your heroic rescue of the town (again) the elder
gives you something (like I said, I'm not too good at

Now go off to the area in the forest leading to
the haunted woods, then go south. You'll get to a path
blocked by a giant snail (I always thought it was the
rear end of a huge walrus, but then...). Using the item
(2nd option) allows you to shrink the snail. From here, go
further down the path until you reach the watery area, then
use your water spell and your fixed Gondola to get across.
You'll reach a familiar structure, bash it with your
sword to gain the fire rune!
Note : Nearby this spot is a normal-looking person-in-
crystal; rescue him, then go back to the castle to talk to
him and he'll upgrade your normal little sword (lightning
blade) into a much more powerful one (golden sword). Very,
very helpful.

Midboss - Kojiro - Not as difficult as one might think.
Run around to avoid anything he throws at you; then hit
him hard. No problem, right?

Once you've defeated the bad guy, the captive princess
will join you (and whine a little); you'll automatically
take her back to the castle. Now go to the old man and
talk to him and a few other people you rescued (not sure
which ones) and eventually you'll get a new quest in the
Haunted Woods. Go back there, and follow this path -
left, up, up, right, up, up, right, up, up, left, up
up, up, up... welcome to the ice castle!

The castle is very big, and completely exploring it
is a must. Close to the entrance is a save-box; use it!
The puzzles here aren't too hard.... just remember to
kill everything you see. You are looking for gems to
open up more and more of the palace.

Gem1 - Red - Top right door - jump on the sliding blocks, then
jump off to get across the pit, then go through the right door
for a person to rescue, then back and up to the area with lots of
penguins. Kill them all and look at the treasure chest. This
gem opens the first left door in the main hallway.

Gem2 - Blue - This opens into another area with an ice gorilla; lure
one onto the open balcony area and let him propel you up to a higher
floor. You'll end up in a rather simple maze, watch out for things
coming down from the ceiling! The lower right door seems to be a dead
end, but hint: absorbing a certain power from the previous room can
can help... Go through the door on the left. In the room of the clones,
just kill off all four clone Musashi's with you flame magic, and don't
get hit! Grab that blue gem, which opens the other closed door in the
top left door in the main hall.

Gem3 - Green - Save the guy you see, then jump up to the higher area.
You'll be in the upper area of the previous room; follow it and grab
the chest. This is the spike boots, which allows you to walk up
frozen ice floors! Now drop back down and go to the lower right door,
go up the iced floor by climbing the pole and travel ahead to another
ice blocks room. You'll see some MechaMusashis. Steal their ability,
then launch it at the ice-gorilla in the next room. The gem you get
opens the next door in the ice cubes room, find a way to climb up,
and drop down the an unreachable spot in the southern part of the maze.

Once you've returned to the hall, melt the frozen gate with your
fire magic. Go up the staircase after grabbing the treasure chest.
Light the two torches you then see (with the fire magic, naturally),
save and get ready for...

Boss - Frost Dragon (Crystal Guardian No.3)
First hit him once or twice and he will eventually break a spot for
you to jump and then the guy starts breaking floors behind you. After
the run, he start spitting stuff at you, smashing his head down at you
and breathing a massive blast of frost energy. After the blast, he
gets tired; use your fire magic! Eventually he'll expose the underside
of his head and the gem, so hit it - repeat three times.

Chapter 5 - Gondola Problems

Monsters        Get-Ins
--------        -------
Blue Ant - Only few in the game, these ants give you the
           ability to launch an acid ball that kills the
           usually un-killable red ants. Uses up 8BP.

After some long conversations with the elder, old man and the
innkeeper, and back to the elder again, back to the old man,
you go for a ride on your gondola. You can now get back to the
castle at any time through the gondola.

Now go back to the plant. Looks like there's problems again.
Talk to the injured plant-keeper and he'll give you...
something ... then go into the plant. You'll have to play
turn-the-valve again.... but this time some of the valves
are missing. And you though the previous game was hard!
Afterwards the elder thanks you. Go talk to him again in
the village, then talk to the old man again, then go back to
the area below the well and take the passage which ends
with a symbol of fire on the floor. Use your fire magic to
shatter the ceiling above you and climb up; you're next
rune, the wind rune, awaits you. Use your newly found ability
to get out of the area.

You'll meet the zombie-summoning gal again with another girl.
After a long conversation you end up iced again! Press
Triangle to break loose, and pick up 50BP for rescuing...
yourself? Now, go back to town and talk to the guy there. Then
head up the mountain path and witness a huge ant destroying
your precious gondola! Go back to the castle and use the
gondola... crash! Now go back and watch the ant scurry into
the whole which was once a fan. To the left is the rather dead
ant; go right and use your wind magic to spin through the poison
gas. Grab that chest and rescue the person-in-crystal, then
switch to the earth rune and use it on the symbol.

In the next bit, go up through the upper right path and you'll
find yourself in way of a blowing wind; use your wind magic to
get pass. Use the pink flower's hop ability to get pass the spikes,
then go up the hill with your double jump (tricky bit here, toss
your small sword, then double jump over, then absorb his ability).
Climb the wall, hit the switch, slaughter some ants... When you
reach an area with a crack on the floor, use you wind magic to go
down. Now go to the bottom right path. It's railway-riding time!

This little Indiana Jones-inspired arcade section isn't too
hard; just dodge the obstacles using left and right. Requires some
decent hand-eye coordination. Save, then dig again after this bit!
The next crystal guardian awaits... Fast chapter, isn't it?

Boss - Ant Hill Queen (Crystal Guardian No. 4)
The big mama of them all. Slaughter all those worms she tosses
at you and keep moving. She's not too tough. Under some gas,
you'll find the stone; strike it hard with your wind attack,
and she'll be history soon enough. Now, off to the final

Chapter 6 - The end is nigh...

Monsters        Get-Ins
--------        -------
Brown soldier - Let's you launch missiles! Get this - it does
                massive damage and homes in on your enemy!
                10 BP per shot.
Blue soldier - Gives you a gun that fires three spread shots,
               very useful since it's like a souped-up version of
               the machine gun you got early in the game - 4BP
               per shot
Green Soldier - The most powerful ability in the game - drops
                bombs that does close to 1000 pts of damage.
                It's sure to kill anything, yes, but the
                downside is that it uses 50BP, which seems
                rather costly to kill anyone or anything with!
Pink Soldier - Wields a sword and a shield. Their ability lets
               you do a large sword slash costing 8BP.

After a much-deserved rest, talk to your raft-building friend
Jan and then go up to the plant-keeper at 6.00am. Now go talk to
everyone in the village again, particularly the three farmers -
one of them will give you the Kojiro doll.... don't ask me why,
and the other two tells you how to get to the final lair in the
sky... Go back to the area with all those once steamy pipes, go
all the way to the end and climb the other wall (on the left).
Wait until it starts to rain if it hasn't already. It only rains
on the morning of a certain day, so if you've missed it, go back
to the castle and sleep - the day it rains is colored blue in the
date indicator, and the day before that is colored green. So, wait
until that day, then go in the morning (just past 7.00 and before
12.00)! Once you reach the rune, use your wind magic on the symbol
there. You're now in the bad guy's outer base.

First, use your earth magic on the four symbols (you'll need to
hammer them twice each) to open the door; then use the water
magic on the waterfall. Now use your fire rune on all three
symbols to get to the top of the fortress, and get the Master Rune.
You'll chat with a familiar baddie and get to see the sky castle.

In the next area you can use the save box, then use your new
ability to get pass. For some reason, you can't sleep here, so
guard your life carefully. Be careful of the walls... You'll
meet a familiar baddie from the well again and this time you
fight him.

Midboss - Bomber Nut - This guy throws bombs extensively. Look
for a free area to avoid the bombs - it's somewhere near the
bottom of the screen. Use your hardest hitting combos (the people
at the castle should have taught you an extensive amount of them
by now!) and he's done for.

In the area after the boss, you can save the game. In the maze
section, take the earth door, stomp the yellow buttons, When you
reach a large blocks, pound them with your quake magic a few times
to reveal passageways. Now, use you master magic extensively to
float over the spikes. Go all the way right, hover over the spikes,
and the floor will open up into another door. Then, in the next room
sling yourself to the upper right and enter the door.

Light the torches you see in the next room (you should know how to
do that by now, right?) and you'll see a crushing block. Pass it and
then jump on it and go left. Then, in the next area, put out the four
torches, then drop down and quickly go right before your water magic
runs out. In the next room use your wind magic to counter the fan.
Go left! Now comes a tricky part - you have to use your master magic
to float into the lower right pathway. Not easy! Activate the magic at
the very end of the ledge, then drop down, hold X button straight away.
Practice makes perfect, you know. Repeat that (a little harder this
time). Enter the unmarked room, and there's another familiar mid-boss
for you to fight.

Midboss #2 - Flamer - This guy has a few attacks that are a pain
to dodge, but it can be done. Use your sword combos once he's
charging up, then run off once he attacks. It takes a while, but
it works!

Now you've reached the sky castle! Fight your way through and
you'll reach a small maze - trial and error will get you pass here.
Fight your way through again and you'll encounter a climbable wall
(so climb it!!). Kill the plants, break the fountain, continue,
break the second fountain, kill the flame-throwing bots that come
out of it, then use the platform to get down.

Break your way through here too (destructive fella, this Musashi)
and then, when you reach the big spinning machine, break it with your
flame magic. You'll meet that other girl again, and play a weird
game. Just use your head! Follow the patterns she'll throw at you
once you see lasers, then follow her moves, and you're through.
In the third game you have to follow her moves and rhythm, so I hope
you played your Parrappa... After this, save the game! You're almost

Midboss #3 - Final Crystal Guardian - This huge machine tower
is a difficult boss indeed. Use your master magic to fly around,
avoiding the walls, and when you see a blue crystal eye,
strike it. It first fires electricity and then energy beams,
and, after injuring a lot, it starts combining them both, while
having the eye open and close, and also shooting large red auras
that confuse and paralyze you. To avoid the red eyes, just float
around until you see eyes that aren't opening, then stay there.
Darn! Stay cool, and after a while (quite a while) you'll finish
it off.

Now you meet the boss and discover an interesting plot twist,
and after you friend gets shot, and the big guy appears, jump your
way outside and you'll meet Kojiro again. Now, you have to jump
like hell upwards, and then you'll battle him and the final boss
at the top of the tower. Get ready...

Final Boss - Kojiro and the Big Ugly Thing
This huge bugger is hard as hell to beat. Run in from the right,
double jump and hit his nose; and avoid that hand! Once he grabs you,
he'll slam you to the ground and chances are send you tumbling off the
edge. He also swings his tail - only way to avoid that is to use the
master magic and float overhead. Also, when he jumps up, use master
magic as he will send a huge shockwave across the ground. Then quickly
strike his red nose - that's the only time you can injure him. He
sometimes also raises his head and breath fire downwards - it's
relatively easy to avoid, hit his nose again after he's done.

Final Boss - ???
He'll eventually turn into a small white guy and wage a final battle.
In this form his attacks all cost an unholy amount of damage; avoid
all of them if possible. He fires out elemental attacks at you;
avoid them, then, once he pales down (immediately after an attack)
use your get-in attack then slash the big eye. After a long battle,
your archrival finally falls.

Now sit back and watch the ending, you've earned it!

4. Hints & Tips

- Rescue as many people from crystals as possible! Some of them
  are vital for your quest, and besides, for each rescue your
  max BP goes up by 5. There is a total of 40 characters to
  rescue - you'll have 5 rescued already after Chapter 1...
  Check section 5 for all their locations.

- Go check back on the people you rescued back at the castle.
  Some of them give you vital clues, others, like the soldiers,
  teach you combo attacks. Also, some of them require another
  person (or people) to rescue before they can teach you or
  tell you anything. Some of them also want some junk that
  you usually sell at the pawnshop before they can help
  you out.

- Did you know that with each musician you rescue, his particular
  instrument is added to the background music of the castle?
  Once you've rescued them all, the music turns into a full-scale
  orchestra score - useless to the game, but a nice addition

- There is a strange creature wandering about at night that
  looks like a cross between a rabbit and a panda (I'm not
  kidding) called the Minku. They wander about at specific spots.
  If you find a spot that has a small red fruit on the ground, go
  back there at night! Pick them up and throw 'em if you see them;
  they drop fruits that increase your Max HP by 25. Incidentally,
  there's thirteen of them. See section 5 for the entire list of

- At chapter 6, when it starts to rain, before going up sky
  palace, go back to the castle and talk to the guy you've
  rescued who takes care of your Minkus (you do have him,
  don't you?) and, if you have all 13 Minkus, he'll tell you
  about the Mega Minku. Now, wander into the haunted woods at
  night and, at the spot where the sign to the ice palace
  used to be (at the beginning), you'll battle a mega-sized
  Minku! He won't attack you until you've injured him
  considerably, then he becomes angry and tries to run you
  over - and that does massive damage! (usually about 26 to
  25 HP). After a while he'll start stomping - there's no
  way to avoid those, just whack him after he lands on you! Hope
  you have a good supply of herbs! Keep attacking him and he'll
  eventually shrivel up and drop tons of stuff while he's at it.
  Nice little surprise, Squaresoft.

- Limited Edition Toys? - These aren't normally available in
  the toy store. For instance, one of them is the Kojiro Doll,
  which you can get from the guy in the house next to the
  Elder's house at chapter 6. Another one is the Mega Minku Doll
  which can be bought from the shop after defeating the Mega
  Minku (see above). There's a few more of these figures; there's
  one of the last boss and his few forms; also, one of them,
  I've been told, is a Cloud Strife Doll! Most of these can be
  bought from the toyshop after you perform a certain task.

5. Combo, Minku & People-In-Crystals List


1) Old man - Rescued at starting, you're talking to him!
2) Mr. Eyeglass - Rescued at starting
3) Clown - Rescued at starting - Combo 2 if you have rescued guy no.23
4) Bishop - Rescued at starting, he's the guy in the library
5) Lute Musician -Rescued at starting
6) Gate Guard - West of swirling lake - allows entry to mountain at any
7) Cute Witch - In forest area, hop up the steep slope
8) Red Woodsman - Southeast exit of town
9) Maid with broom - After solving the steam plant, east of swirling
   lake - Teaches you your first combo, Combo 1
10) Flute player - In steam pipe area, near wind rune
11) Black Soldier - Edge of river, towards mountain (x)
12) Happy Monk - End of riverside walkway in the mountains, pass poles
    in water (x) (*)
13) Blond Guy - Mountains, past swinging platforms, down the pole (x)
14) Yellow-Black Capped Guy - Mountains, past dino fossil, down the
    pole - teaches you Combo 3 after chapter 2 (x)
15) Minku Keeper - Mountains, under the bridge - keeps track of how
    many Minku you have, also tells you about Mega Minku
16) Bald monk - Hidden Temple, Door 1, go right, climb the poles
17) Cup-carrying guy - Hidden Temple, final door, the sinking blocks
    in lava bit
18) Green vest guy - Hidden Temple, Door 4, in the second ghost-vision
19) Woman with sticks - Mountains, double jump right from the pole near
    the 3rd tree stump
20) Mustached Crossbow guy - Hidden Temple, Door 3, on the wooden lava
21) Yellow Grey Soldier - On the way to the holy flower, conveyer
    leading down - teaches you Combo 4
22) Maid with a jug - In the room with the holy flower, ride the
    innermost platform
23) White-Red Cap - In steam pipe area, upper right - teaches you
    Combo 2 with a little help from the clown (no. 3)
24) Capped Girl - Hidden Temple, Door 2, past second bowling
    section (*)
25) Guy with hammer - Ice castle, past the blue door
26) Hammer Smith - Just after shrinking the slug - upgrades your
    small silver sword into a more powerful golden one
27) Casket Carrying guy - On the way to the holy flower, conveyer
    leading up
28) Drummer - Ice castle - second ice block maze, above an ice block
29) Black White Maid - Past the first spiked pit and boulders
30) Cook 1 - Past the sliding blocks jump in the ice castle, right
31) Red-caped boy - Hidden Temple, Door 2, past the first bowling
    section (*)
32) Cowled Guy - In the room with the holy flower, ride the outermost
33) Cook 2 - After dead ant, right room, past the poison gas
34) Violinist - After you activated the fan in chapter 5
35) Cook 3 - Ice castle, in the first ice maze, absorb the iron
    golem's power and walk through the spikes found in the lower
    right doorway
36) Fat Soldier - Hidden Temple, Door 4, in 4th ghost-vision room,
    jump down to the secret lower path - teaches you Combo 5
37) Doctor - Take the left hidden fork in the river ride - Heals you
38) Knight - Just after you've saved the violinist, next room -
    teaches you Combo 6
39) Bearded guy from intro - Ice castle, in the first ice block maze
    - removes poison and gives you 10BP
40) Graduate Girl - Hidden Temple, Door 3, in second rotating-block

(x) - Required for the battle with the first stone guardian
(*) - Required for the haunted forest maze in chapter 4

Combo List

Combo 1 - Rushing Stab - Run, then Sq
Combo 2 - Skewer - Catch an enemy and press Tri, Sq when he comes down
Combo 3 - Cross Cutter - Sq, Tri
Combo 4 - Leaping Blade Combination - Sq, Sq, Tri
Combo 5 - Flying Blades Combination - Sq, Tri, Sq, Tri
Combo 6 - Blade Dive - Double jump, then Tri at top of jump


1)Near to upper exit, hill on left side, just below plant
  keeper's house
2)To the left of where Musashi challenged the masked man to
  a climbing contest, up the slope
3)Also near the spot where you went for a climbing contest
  use your water magic to walk south and you'll eventually
  reach a clearing and that's where the Minku is
4)Back to where the first crystal guardian was fought, in the
  stone ring
5)Above the gondola, near the place where the ant broke into
6)Area below the well - in the northern wall, jump to it using
  platforms after the area is drained and filled
7)Room with the holy flower, ride the outermost platform till
  you reach a few small ledges - it's on one of them
8)Forest - in the area where you can choose to go left bridge
  (sleepy mushrooms) or right bridge (steam pipes area) -
  secret passage on the left side before crossing the bridge
  to the haunted forest
9)Also in the forest- use water walk magic and run along the
  river - it's on the bank at the furthest end of the river
10)Just before getting the wind rune, you can see one running
   about in the immediate area (at night, that is)
11)After following the ant into the mine, go down the left
   passage at night
12)In chapter 5, where you climb up to activate the fan and
   rail after killing a pair of snakes
13)Near the wind rune sign which leads to the sky palace, use
   the earth rune and mountain climbing ability to get there

6. Acknowledgements

- Myself  - for having slogged through the
  entire game knowing very well that I'm probably not going
  to get anywhere without any knowledge of Japanese... but
  finished it anyway!
- Ken Jones  - Without his help, I'd
  probably won't even get pass the 2nd chapter. Most of this
  material comes from his helpful e-mails. Thanks man.
- Ivan S Chang  - gave me a whole lot of
  errata and translations. Also gave info on limited edition
  figures, musicians and some other info here and there.
- Ponlayuk Meemeskul  For the helpful list
  of 12 of the 13 Minkus of the game.
- Richardo  - Gave info on the
  get-in abilities of new monsters in chapters 5 & 6. Also
  gave info on the Mega Minku in chapter 6!
- Darren  - Pointed out a little
  directional error in the mine in chapter 2. What can I say
  but... oops?
- Ignacio de Lucas  pointed out that the
  counter move can be used at the BEGINNING of the game. Heh
  heh, oops again.
- Casey Tong  reminded me about the
  rain bit I missed at the beginning of chapter 6 - yeah yeah,
  oops again. Gave me some other bits of info too that I can't
  quite remember - sorry!
- Bran Tlintarn <> clarified some info
  concerning the Mega Minku and it's limited edition figure,
  as well as info here and there concerning the other limited
  edition toys.

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