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Dynasty Warriors 4 Lu Meng Character FAQ

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Dynasty Warriors 4
Lu Meng Character FAQ
By: Shift
Final Version

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Table of Contents
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1. Background
2. Unlocking
3. Overview
4. Moves List
5. Weapons
6. Items
7. Models
8. Quotes
9. Frequently Asked Questions
10. Version History
11. Contact
12. Credits
13. Copyright Stuff

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1. Background
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Lu Meng (pronounced 'Lou Ming')
Lived 178 AD to 219 AD

Bio:
[Game Excerpt]
A Wu Officer.  Already an accomplished warrior, he devoted himself to learning
and became a paradigm of wisdom and valor after being admonished by Sun Quan. 
He was greatly admired by his senior, Lu Su as a great servant of the Wu
Kingdom.  Together with Lu Xun they retook the Jing Provence, capturing the
great Guan Yu in the Process.

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2. Unlocking
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Beat Wu Musou Mode Chapter 1 with any Character on any difficulty level.  The
game will tell you he is unlocked after you beat The Yellow Turban Rebellion.

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3. Overview
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Why would you want to play Lu Meng, you ask?  Well Lu Meng is the only one in
Wu who uses a spear-like weapon (a glaive, think a spear with a scythe).  He
isn't one of the best characters in the game, but is still worth playing.

Here's a breakdown of his stats:

Scale:
 Great
 Good
 Fair
 Poor
 Bad

Main Stats:
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Life: Good, maxed out it is a little over the halfway mark without the peacock
 urn, with a good level peacock urn, you will be fine.

Musou: Poor, on top of having a mediocre length bar, the musou attack itself is
 below average (see below).

Attack: Great, This is where Lu Meng shines, his best stat.

Defense: Good, his defense is all right, every now and then you will get rocked
 by a combo and wonder what just happened to a 1/3 of your life bar.

Secondary Stats:
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Speed: Fair, alittle on the slow side, but not by much, personally I equip a
 speed scroll on him, since I prefer ground combat.

Reach: Good, uhhh he uses a spear :)

Jump: Great, Jump isn't all that important, but since I can't jump 2 1/2 times
 my own height, he gets a great.

Bow Attack: Fair? I don't know how to effectively test this, but I'm sure
 sooner or later someone will make a FAQ with a break down for all characters,
 but it gets it's job done when it needs too.

Bow Defense: Fair, archers aren't as big of a problem in DW4 then they wear in
 DW3, you will be fine.

Mounted Attack: Fair, Lu Meng isn't that good of a mounted combatant so the
 only time you will really use this is when your just running by.

Mounted Defense: Fair, now with the shadow harness this stat isn't pointless,
 but Lu Meng isn't anything special on a horse.

Other:
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Voice Acting: Poor, the voice acting in the series has been mediocre at best,
 although not the worst voice (that goes to Sun Ce). He mainly sounds whiney and
 uninspired, especially in the most common one "Enemy Officer Defeated" (it gets
 pretty annoying), he does sound cool in a couple, but those are few and far
 between.

Dueling: Good, well it all depends on how good at dueling you are.  Lu Meng can
 take most officers with ease but Lu Bu still kicks his ass.

Some Tips: Immediately start off with a charged attack, this will either hit
 your opponent down, or force them to block, screwing up their opening combo. 
 Right afterward use your jump charge attack and follow that up with a Charge 3,
 they should be stun, preform either a Charge 1 or 4 on them next, then repeat
 if nessacery.  A Blast orb isn't needed but will help out immensely on some 
 of the tougher duels.

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4. Moves List
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Key:
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S = Square
T = Triangle
C = Circle

Basic:
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Dash Attack, forward for 7 steps + S:  Lu Meng will straighten his spear out
 horizontally, and ram people with the shaft, twice the range on the left side. 
 Use this when you come across the groups of 5 or so, it can work in a large
 crowd, but it will leave your back open and sometimes you will get hit.

Jump Attack, X + S:  360 degree clockwise swing, starting from the top, it
 doesn't do much damage but knocks foes to the ground.  Useful if you've just
 blown an officer away, but don't have enough time to run around to his back.

Jump Charge, X + T:  New to Dynasty Warriors series is the jumping charge 
 attack, Lu Meng will do a forward flip and slam his glaive straight into the 
 ground.  Be aware you will fail about 1/2 the time you try to use it.  It is
 best use if you've just recovered from a fall, or are trying to get on a horse.

Musou, C:  Lu Meng will swing his spear in an 'X' fashion, and slowly move
 forward (hold down C for repeated strikes).  He will then do a full swing from
 right to left, and quickly jab with the butt end of the staff.  The reason it
 sucks is: normally troops are hit back by the first set of 'X' strikes, and
 since Meng walks so slowing, and that the attacks themselves have about 1/2 the
 reach of his normal attacks they probably wont be hit again.  The ending move 
 is also poor, it doesn't have the double reach most of the other characters end
 Musou do, and it only covers a small area in front of Lu Meng.  It is decent on
 Officers but bad on crowds.

True Musou, C + Red health:  This is a little better, still the same as above 
 but you get more range and a fire element. The only change is at the end where
 he does another jab.

Raise Bow, R1: hold on a target without firing to zoom, X, S, And C all do
 generic character attacks.

Mounted Attack, Horse + S:  Pretty generic, he swings his spear from side to
 side starting on the right, it can last for the max hits of your weapon.

Mounted Charge, Horse + T: Same as above, but takes longer to do and will only
 be 1 swipe per side, pretty useless, even on the shadow.

Mounted Musou, Horse + C: Same as charged attack, but can be done for as long
 as your musou bar lasts, keep in mind the horse will pause for a second when
 your done.

Regular Charge, C: A VERY useful attack that charges quickly. Lu Meng will pull
 back his left hand then thrust it out, and out pops a projectile that will go
 a little over 3 times the reach of his spear.  If the projectile hits an ally
 unit it just vanishes.

What Projectile that pops out is dependent on your orb and musou meter.

-No orb, or not filled Musou Meter:  A blue arrowhead looking thingy, will only
 hit one target for moderate damage.

-Fire Orb:  Sends out a wave of fire.  Does decent damage and looks pretty cool,
 but there are better options out there.

-Lightning Orb:  Amazing attack, Lu Meng will shot out a few 'lightning balls'
 that will do decent damage to whoever they directly connect with, then the
 lightning bolts rain down and knock down have the crowed.  VERY useful, have
 and officer surround by guards?  Well just send a couple of this there way, the
 officer should block, but all his guards should be down on the ground, leaving
 him open to a hassle free combo.

-Ice Orb:  Not nearly as useful as lightning, Lu Meng will shot out a huge 'ice
 wave' it does decent damage and can freeze.

-Vorpal Orb:  Shoots out a mean looking purple thing similar to the no orb
 shot, it does good damage and has chance to instant kill.

-Blast Orb:  Not good, although it looks pretty cool, just like the orb in fact.

-Poison Orb:  Poison Orb isn't even worth equipping even to see this attack.  
 But if you must know it looks kinda like smog, but by the time you reach who 
 you just infected, they are cured :(

Combo:
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Button Mashing, Sx6:  Lu Meng will start off with a swing from left to right,
 then come back right to left, both covering about 190 degrees.  He then spins
 and does a quick jab with the butt of the spear, next he will spin again and
 upward diagonal swipe starting from the right.  Then quickly do a "sweeping"
 spin move with the spear, then end it with a upward swipe going from right to
 left, with more range on the right.

Charge 2, ST: A left to right slash followed by and upward swing that throws
 them into the air. You can then do a follow-up slash in midair.

Charge 3, Sx2T(T): After the left to right then right to left horizontal
 swipes, then does a set of 'X' pattern swipes, if you hit T again you will get
 a couple more sets of 'X' swipes.  Then ends with a upward swing, it stuns so
 you can combo again, this is a very useful attack and you will probably use it
 a lot.

Charge 4, Sx3T:  Not very good, after the standard left/right swings, he does a
 low range jab followed by a quick 360 degree spin, but with low range, it will
 launch most targets away, only useful if surrounded.

Charge 5, Sx4T(T):  Good against a single enemy, after the jab he will do a
 violent upward swing, launching them into the air, you can then do a follow-up
 slash, and if you hit T again you will preform your Jump Charge attack.

Charge 6, Sx5T:  After the "sweeping' move, Lu Meng will slam his spear into
 the ground, similar to his jump charge, VERY good if surrounded.

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5. Weapons
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In Dynasty Warriors 4 your weapon 'grows' by experience gained when either
defeating an officer or successfully preforming a combo (musou combos count as
well), reversal, or charged attack on them.

Weapon Experience Needed and Effects:
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|Level1  |0     |Glaive       |+14 Attack |4 Hits Max |
|Level2  |1000  |Glaive       |+18 Attack |4 Hits Max |
|Level3  |3000  |Glaive       |+21 Attack |4 Hits Max |
|Level4  |6000  |Great Glaive |+25 Attack |5 Hits Max |
|Level5  |10000 |Great Glaive |+28 Attack |5 Hits Max |
|Level6  |15000 |Great Glaive |+31 Attack |5 Hits Max |
|Level7  |21000 |Sky Hook     |+40 Attack |6 Hits Max |
|Level8  |28000 |Sky Hook     |+43 Attack |6 Hits Max |
|Level9  |36000 |Sky Hook     |+47 Attack |6 Hits Max |
|Level10 | Need to unlock, see below:                 |
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How to Unlock Lu Meng's Level 10 Weapon:
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Basic Stuff:
 -Set the game to hard.
 -The current weapon must be level 9.
 -Keep Morale high.
 -You can play with 2 players, but Lu Meng must fulfill all requirements.
 -Free or Musou mode.

Lu Meng's level 10 weapon
Stage: The Battle of Mai Castle - Wu side

The Battle of Mai Castle is the only stage of the Wu Tale: Guan Yu, The God of
War.  How to Unlock:
 -Complete the Wu Musou mode once.
 -In act 4, play The Battle of Chi Bi first, ensure the fire attack's success.
 -In Act 5, play the Battle of Yi Ling first, ensure the fire attack's success.
 -After you complete Yi Ling you will play The Battle of Mia Castle.

I strongly recommend the Shadow harness for this stage, it's very annoying to
complete without it.  I also recommend not using bodyguards, if they 
accidentally kill any of the officers, you will not get the weapon.

As you start the stage, head north.  Liao Hua will try to escape to get 
reinforcements, and you will be ordered to stop him.  *IGNORE* the order, 
instead go to the castle's North entrance.  Kill the guard captain, enter and
go right.  Follow the wall until you come to a gate, dismount and kill the 
gate captain. Wang Fu, Gaun Ping(required), and Jiang Wei(required), will come
to attack you, try to kill them.  During this time Liao Hua will come back with
reinforcements, and you will see an event of Guan Yu starting to escape.

*Note:* At this point it is more important to stop Guan Yu's escape, if you 
        haven't killed the officers yet, don't worry you'll have another shot.

Now hurry to the South Castle Gate, and kill the captain there, the game will
tell you Guan Yu has altered his escape route, it's now the Gate to the Far
North of the map. Haul ass there, and kill the captains.  Guan Yu will again
alter his route, this time to the far South of the map.  As you head south,
kill Liao Hua(required) and Liu Feng(required). Don't worry about Guan Yu 
escaping, as he nears the South Gate, Pan Zhang will appear for you side, and
buy you some time.  Head South through the castle, as you enter Guan Suo and
Jian Yong will ambush you, kill the both, continue south (run past Zhou Chang).
Go to the South Gate and kill the captain, Zhang Fei will appear (DO NOT KILL
HIM YET), him and Guan Yu will charge Sun Jian.  Ignore them for now, go back
to the castle and kill Zhou Chang(required) and anyone else you missed.  When
every Shu officer is dead except Zhang Fei and Guan Yu, go ahead and kill Zhang
Fei(Required).  
You should get the message: 
"Lu Meng has gained the ultimate weapon White Tiger." 
(if you didn't check below). 

Now, to finish just hunt down Guan Yu, he will be on the Southeast path heading
north.  

Quick Step by Step:
 -Let Liao Hua escape to get reinforcements.
 -Liao Hua Returns with reinforcements.
 -Guan Yu's Starts escape event.
 -Stop Guan Yu's Escape.  Kill the North Castle Gate captain, then the South
 Castle Gate captain, then the Far North Map Gate captain.
 -Go South Through castle, Guan Suo and Jian Yong ambush, kill them.
 -Kill Far South Map Gate captian.
 -Kill the following officers: Guan Ping, Jiang Wei, Liao Hua, Liu Feng, Guan
 Suo, Jian Yong, and Zhou Chang and their subofficers.
 -When they are all dead kill Zhang Fei.
 -Got Weapon Message.

If you didn't get the message it could be because:
 -Lu Meng didn't *PERSONALLY* kill Guan Ping, Jiang Wei, Liao Hua, Liu Feng, 
 Guan Suo, Jian Yong, Zhou Chang or Zhang Fei and their subofficers.
 -You didn't kill Zhang Fei last.
 -The game isn't on hard.
 -Your current weapon isn't level 9.

Weapon Info:
White Tiger
+54 Attack
6 Hits Max
Can use orb element regardless of musou bar.

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6. Items
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In Dynasty Warriors 4 you have a harness slot, a orb slot, and a number of item
slots.  The number of item slots is dependent on your rank and character. At
rank MAX Lu Meng has 5 total.

Item Slots x5: 2 slots initial, 3rd unlocked at Rank 12, 4th unlocked at Rank 7,
5th unlocked at Rank MAX.

Recommended for normal use:
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Harness: Shadow or Storm(preferred first)
Orb: Lighting, Vorpal, Fire
Items: Tortoise Amulet
       Peacok Urn
       Tiger Amulet
       Elixer or Speed Scroll
       Wind Scroll or Way of the Musou

Orbs:
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All 3 listed work very well with his normal charge attack (see above), but
lightning tops it off as it makes crowd clearing very easy, and looks cool as
well.  You could probably use ice if you want, but blast and poison are near
useless in most situations.
Very useless in the case of poison, even if you have a level 4 poison orb and
no other orbs, still don't use it, it's that bad.

Items:
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The ones listed are for a well rounded character, if your going to stay on a
horse the whole time you might want to take a horned helmet and some calavery
armour (useful... kinda :).  If one of your items is at a much higher level
then another, use that one instead.  But any setup should include both the
Peacock Urn and the Tortoise Amulet, as they will really help keep you alive.

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7. Models
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1. Unlock: Initial
Wears armour that is mostly red and gold, there is some white and black trim. 
Wears a gold headband.

2. Unlock: Rank 12
Same as above, except gold is switched with silver and he now wears purple
pants.

3. Unlock: Rank 7
Same as the first one, only wearing a red-orange turban with a gold headband.

4. Unlock: Rank 7
Same as second one, only wearing a red turban with a silver headband.

5. Unlock: Rank MAX
Same model as in Dynasty Warriors 3, only without the crazy hair.

6. Unlock: Rank MAX
Same as fifth, but purple pants and arms, no green, and silver replaces gold.

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8. Quotes
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Some of Lu Meng's quotes I remember from playing.

Defeats Officer: "Enemy Officer Defeated."
Annocement: "Come!"
Dual Challenge: "There Are No Formalities in Battle."
Dual Accept: "A dual? I Accept!"
Approach Alone: "Attacking alone? Do you want to die?"
Death: "My Lord... forgive me."
Struggling: "We must not falter."
Impressed: "Impressive"
Self Proclamation: "I am a True Warrior of the Three Kingdoms."

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9. Frequently Asked Questions
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If you have any questions related to the FAQ not listed here, use the contacts
below.

Where is [insert character's name]'s 10th weapon?
Where is [insert item] located?
-Unless it has to do with either Sun Quan or Lu Meng please don't e-mail me.
Most of what your looking for can be found from these pages:
http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/ps2/game/33330.html
http://www.neoseeker.com/Games/Products/PS2/dynastywarriors4/cheats.html

How do I unlock the Battle of Mai Castle?
-Complete the Wu Musou mode once.
-In act 4, play The Battle of Chi Bi first, ensure the fire attack's success.
-In Act 5, play the Battle of Yi Ling first, ensure the fire attack's success.
-After you complete Yi Ling you will play The Battle of Mia Castle.

What level is best for overall stat development?
-Wu Territory, Unification of Jiang Dong, Wu side.

What level is best for attack upgrades?
-Yi Ling Province, The Battle for Yi Ling, Wu side.

What level is best for defense upgrades?
-Yi Ling Province, The Battle for Yi Ling, Shu side.

What level is best for Life/Musou upgrades?
-Luo Yang Province, Hu Lao Gate, Allied side.

What level is best for weapon experience?
-Wu Territory Province, Battle of Jian Ye, Shu side.  If you need a watered
down version of this level go on the Nanman side.

What level is best for finding orbs?
-Ji Province, Yellow Turban Rebellion, Allied side, You can get several low
level orbs here, but orb drops are random, so just be patient.

What level is best for gaining officer points?
-Yi Ling Province, The Battle for Yi Ling, either side.
Wu Territory Province, Battle of Jian Ye, Shu side.
Or any level with several officers, equip the Storm Harness as well, it gives
a bonus 10% to officer kill points.

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10. Version History
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Final: Fixed numerous spelling and grammar errors.  Improved formatting, and 
       made the navigation actually work.

1.3: Rewrote 10th weapon section, including how to unlock The Battle of Mia 
     Castle Stage.  Fixed a few spelling errors.

1.2: Added a Frequently Asked Questions section.

1.1: Fixed spelling errors, added authorized sites.

1.0: Started and released guide.  Basic info such as overview, moves, weapons,
     and suggested items added.  If I am emailed any questions I will make a
     frequently asked questions section.

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11. Contact
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Email: shiftfaqs@hotmail.com
AIMSN: wubster

If you have any questions or feedback, mail me or catch me on AIM. If you mail 
me please put something along the lines of 'DW4 question' in the title, 
if you don't it will probably be deleted. 
Any questions asked will be put into a frequently asked questions section.  
Anything you point out wrong that I throw into the guide will be credited 
to you.

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12. Credits
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Myself ;)
KOEI
Sony

Speical Thanks:
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Pepsi
www.dictionary.com
Sie Kensou

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13. Copyright Stuff
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