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    Easy way to tackle Hard/Chaos for Lvl 5 Weapons ~

    Hello!

    As you may know, one of the trophies requires you to collect all weapons in the game, including Level 5 weapons, which have a few requirements:

    1) You must play as the EX user of the 5th level weapon in order to unlock that weapon, for example, playing as Zhang Liao to unlock the 5th level Twin Halberds in the Battle of Hefei stage (Wei).
    2) The difficulty must be set as Hard or higher.
    3) Only stages in Story Mode and Free Mode are to be used.

    Please refer to this thread by Bng422 (translated from a Japanese wiki) for the full list of Level 5 weapons and their locations:
    Dynasty Warriors 8 5th Weapons Guide
    EDIT: Full Weapon List - http://koei.wikia.com/wiki/Dynasty_Warriors_8/Weapons

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    Now, let's get to the meat of the details on how to tackle at least Hard/Chaos with all the officers, other than your main which you will no doubt have focused on only for his/her most powerful weapons and elements.

    1) First, raise the Blacksmith level in Ambition Mode to the max of Level 50; this ensures that you are able to buy Level 4 weapons at least (farm material stages on Beginner difficulty to get as much materials as possible).
    2) Like the Thunder Flute trick from DW7: Xtreme Legends and earlier, you are able to emulate this flute trick here too!
    3) Now, simply check the Flute weapons from the Blacksmith UNTIL you see an empty Level 4 flute (any affinity will do) OR a Level 4 flute with 1-3 of the elements that are required to make it overpowered (like the above-mentioned Thunder Flute trick) but none of any other undesired elements. Reset by quitting from Ambition Mode and then checking the Blacksmith again.
    4) The six elements that you will need for the flute are: Slash, Thunder, Cyclone, Awe, Recovery/Jubilation (Jubilation is better in my opinion), Induction.
    5) Once you have the base flute ready (empty or filled with a few of those desired elements above), simply Temper it at the blacksmith with other weapons with 1 or 2 of the other desired elements. Once you have filled up the flute with all 6 of the desired elements, simply Temper it again with more weapons to strengthen those elements to Level 10. Best not to sell junk weapons with only 1 element (but which is desired); makes it much easier to Temper desired elements only onto the flute). Feel free to ask me more questions later about Tempering, if you wish.
    6) Now that you have one overpowered flute ready (with one affinity), feel free to repeat the process to get another flute of a DIFFERENT affinity.
    7) Use both flutes with any officer that you need the Level 5 weapon for, and ride on a horse with at least the horse skill "Sprint - Endurance" (I think that was the name, forgot) that prevents you from being knocked off the horse by attacks. And set the difficulty to Hard or above.
    8) Hold down the L1 button to strafe with the horse, and spam the Triangle button to shoot off heavy attacks with the flute, switching between both affinities as required based on enemy officers' affinities; you will be able to stun and deal insane damage to them, keeping them in the air, making it quite easy to get those Level 5 weapons.
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    The 4 skills that I recommend you use for this set-up are: Equestrian, Havoc, Attack Boost, Mighty Roar.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zeiharu View Post
    Figured I would add to the thread by mentioning the two weapons I made. I made 2, 4 circle Lightning Swords with their affinities being Heaven and Earth. I have the following elements on both weapons maxed out at 10; Cyclone, Explosive, Flash, Jubilation, Slash, and Velocity. I tested them both out on a couple of Chaos stages and honestly, these weapons are very overpowered. I almost always took out an officer within 5 hits. It's like playing the Easy difficulty, only that the enemies hit a lot harder.

    Also another thing to try is the lottery of special weapons at the blacksmith. Sometimes you can get a decent base weapon with one of the elements you need. Finding blank 4 circle weapons is a lot harder than reloading over and over with the special weapons til you get something that works.
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    Now for another set of elements for your main character (like me, if you do not want to tackle Chaos difficulty with such a cheap flute trick, but rather get into the meat of things and just have fun):

    The elements required are:
    Slash, Thunder, Cyclone, Velocity (or switch that out if you are using a fast character, for perhaps Awe), Recovery/Jubilation (Jubilation is recommended), Explosive
    EDIT: The 4 skills that I recommend you use for this set-up are: Victory Cry/Fortune Hunter, Havoc, Attack Boost, Mighty Roar.

    Simply make two of your main character's Level 4 weapons with those elements as above, but with different affinities. Slash away and have fun!

    For your info, I use Zhang Liao as my favourite main character, as I always have for all the DW games up to date. =D His R1 attack is simply insane, allowing you to melt down Chaos generals' HP from far range, and well, his EX attack makes him a fast killing machine. And more importantly, his Square + Square + Triangle combo always breaks through officers' guard and stuns them all the time. But hey, just play whoever suits you best. *wink*
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    Good to know for when I finally get the game
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    I love how they continually overlook the thunder flute. Probably thought they fixed it by taking out the elements and replacing it with skills. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeiharu View Post
    I love how they continually overlook the thunder flute. Probably thought they fixed it by taking out the elements and replacing it with skills. lol
    Haha, yeah. At the end of the day, nothing beats improvisation! Nothing is impossible when it comes to us as gamers so take that as a note, Koei, and improve the weapon fusion system next time for DW9 at least (like Warriors Orochi 3 - being able to pick which element to put in or take out). Tsk tsk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cocoasg View Post
    Haha, yeah. At the end of the day, nothing beats improvisation! Nothing is impossible when it comes to us as gamers so take that as a note, Koei, and improve the weapon fusion system next time for DW9 at least (like Warriors Orochi 3 - being able to pick which element to put in or take out). Tsk tsk.
    Yeah, I'm surprised they didn't just use the system WO3 uses. Then again, they prob did it to prevent us from making uber weapons quickly. Now it's just annoying.

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    Is there a certain requirement to get the flute to appear in the blacksmiths? I can't see any level of it available and I have a lvl50 blacksmith. Do I need to progress further along the story to unlock Zhenji?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PearsonGw View Post
    Is there a certain requirement to get the flute to appear in the blacksmiths? I can't see any level of it available and I have a lvl50 blacksmith. Do I need to progress further along the story to unlock Zhenji?
    They should be there with the blacksmith at 50. I don't think having Zhenji unlocked in story mode matters since I don't have her unlocked either and I have access to the flutes. However it could matter in ambition mode whether you have her unlocked as an ally. If you don't have her as an ally yet, I would try to recruit her first and see if that makes them appear.

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    Figured I would add to the thread by mentioning the two weapons I made. I made 2, 4 circle Lightning Swords with their affinities being Heaven and Earth. I have the following elements on both weapons maxed out at 10; Cyclone, Explosive, Flash, Jubilation, Slash, and Velocity. I tested them both out on a couple of Chaos stages and honestly, these weapons are very overpowered. I almost always took out an officer within 5 hits. It's like playing the Easy difficulty, only that the enemies hit a lot harder.

    Also another thing to try is the lottery of special weapons at the blacksmith. Sometimes you can get a decent base weapon with one of the elements you need. Finding blank 4 circle weapons is a lot harder than reloading over and over with the special weapons til you get something that works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeiharu View Post
    Figured I would add to the thread by mentioning the two weapons I made. I made 2, 4 circle Lightning Swords with their affinities being Heaven and Earth. I have the following elements on both weapons maxed out at 10; Cyclone, Explosive, Flash, Jubilation, Slash, and Velocity. I tested them both out on a couple of Chaos stages and honestly, these weapons are very overpowered. I almost always took out an officer within 5 hits. It's like playing the Easy difficulty, only that the enemies hit a lot harder.

    Also another thing to try is the lottery of special weapons at the blacksmith. Sometimes you can get a decent base weapon with one of the elements you need. Finding blank 4 circle weapons is a lot harder than reloading over and over with the special weapons til you get something that works.
    I agree about also buying the special weapons in the blacksmith, and resetting until you get the base weapon you want. In my experience too, I got my desired base weapons mostly from the special weapons. I will add this to the OP! Thanks for the tip about lightning swords, any weapon can be quite overpowered with the right and maxed elements.
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