DoaE Liu Zhang Cheng Dou – Destiny of an Emperor Liu Zheng Shu Walkthrough
Liu Kui and Zhang Ren bar your path. Liu Kui is of the worthless sort, whereas Zhang Ren is probably the best general in all of Shu (Also another way of saying if you fight him recruit him if you can, and Liu Kui (Not that you’d want to) can’t be fought in random battles). What to make of it? Well, hit Zhang Ren with everything you have; Li Jian, Da Re, Yi Xin, etc. Use Ji Rou to soften up his hits. If this battle is hard you should probably grab some armor from Chang Sha as Shu generals hit harder and the armory at Chang Sha can help that. Anyway, rest up at Ling Ling and buy a few “smoke pots”. When you use a smoke pot you are invincible for a certain length of time (they’ll tell you when it runs out). They’re useful when you need to traverse long mountain ranges or forests, like you have to deal with now. You’ll also get a certain urge each time you use them. Head past the Liu Kui/Zhang Ren gate and follow the path, using smoke pots if you have them. You’ll come to a split field, head north to the next gate to see;
Meng Da and Tao Qian don’t provide much here other than softening you up for the battle afterwards. Tao Qian is not related at all to the Tao Qian that Liu Bei succeeded way back in Xu Zhou. These generals can be recruited but only Meng Da is worth a slight consideration depending on your current party. Obviously, his hitpoints and versatility are his high points, so do what you wish and then attack Fu Shui castle.
Hopefully you don’t have to walk back to rest up. “Run home and tell Liu Bei how terrible Yan Yan is”. Just great. Well, this battle is actually pretty tough. Yan Yan is very similar to Zhang Ren in his stats and soldier level. Yang Huai is an effective fighter and Fa Zheng can be a solid tactician as well, but really they don’t seem too dangerous. Use Bei Ji on one of your tacticians and go after Yan Yan and Yang Huai with Da Re. If you have Ma Liang as your tactician still, use Li Jian on the two and watch them destroy their own army. Either way, if you weren’t too worn out from the journey and previous battles you probably won this with relative ease, so go in now. Rest, buy some weapons if you want, and recall the conversation you had with the guard who told you that Liu Zheng was in Fu Shui castle. Go to the right of the throne room to find him, and he’ll ask you to ram the door open. Do so, and here is the trick. Get in front of the door, and tap up repeatedly. Don’t hold it but firmly tap it several times and it should break after a few seconds. He will thank you and then you will go on your way.
If you talked to the townspeople of Fu Shui you’ll have heard that the fifth tiger (Zhang Fei, Guan Yu, Huang Zhong and Zhao Yun) is in the Han Zhong army. Scary. Well, go north, sticking to the right of the mountains. Once you reach the water, head west along the coastline and you’ll come to another castle. The first battle provides you wish the worst general of the area, Huang Quan, along with another below average character in Leng Bao. Leng Bao can take some damage off you so I suggest dealing with him first, but try not to waste any tactical points.
The next battle is very hard, probably the hardest since the Chang Sha/Ji Zhou ones. Ma Chao (the fifth tiger) along with his brother Ma Dai and friend Pang De are all above 200 with attack and their tactical ability is high also so beware. I’d probably make sure Ji Mian is used constantly, and try to Li Jian or Da Re the Ma brothers with Zhuge or Pang Tong. Keep at it and use Yin Xian/Wan Fu; these three can be tricky if they all gang up on one character.
I’d advise going after Pang De with your fighters as his tactical ability is a nuisance. After the battle, Pang De disappears and Ma Chao offers to join you. Let him; Ma Dai will join also. If you say no, Ma Chao and Dai will be found in random battles in this area. Enter Luo castle and rest. You’re probably going to want both Ma Chao and Ma Dai in your party. Personally, I’d suggest Ma Dai, Zhang Fei, Guan Yu, Ma Chao and Zhao Yun with Zhuge Liang and Pang Tong rotating in as strategist. Buy weapons/armor if need be, and get the battleaxe from the northernmost well that is next to the member area and the doorless building. This is better than the sword, so give it to Zhang Fei or Ma Dai.
Continue south into the cave. When you go in, head north at the fork and continue until you get the staircase out. Head left as you leave and the mountains will wrap around as you make your way north. A gate awaits you, but with three average generals. Li Yan and Liu Ba are decent tacticians but shouldn’t scare your army. Liu Xun is a decent fighter, but again these generals should be easy for you. Enter the fort and talk to the people. Liu Zheng has betrayed you and joined the army and is waiting at Cheng Du. Hm, well get the battleaxe from the chest. Give this to your second best fighter and continue to the east, hugging the north cliffs.
This gate provides you with two of the best fighters in the area. A good idea would be to use Ji Mian, Li Jian, and/or an attack spell on them and they should go down with ease. If your party is tired you may want to go back, although if you have a decent amount of TP I wouldn’t waste the time of marching back and instead take a risk with the final Shu battle. Liu Zheng comes into this with Gao Pei, Wu Yi and Wang Lei.
Wu Yi is a solid overall character that obviously has a decent soldier count. The other two are decent at what they do but not great. Liu Zheng is a bad general despite the high soldier level. In all reality, this is one of the easiest section-ending battles you are going to face. Get Wu Yi down and then Gao Pei, then whittle down Liu Zheng and Wang Lei. Nothing difficult. Enter Cheng Du and rest. Get armor, invite Liu Bei, and he will tell you about a swordsmith in the Shu area. First off, head back to that cave.
When you get there head south, but don’t go east (back to Luo castle). Instead, take the far south left exit and continue left until the staircase. The path is pretty straightforward from this point. Get the Iron ore and gullwing out to Luo. From here, walk back to Fu Shui and instead of heading through the dense forest head southeast of Fu Shui to find the swordsmith. Give him the Iron Ore and he will tell you to attend to other matters as it will take him a while to create the swords. So leave and reenter and that will constitute several days. But the five swords were stolen in this time that you were gone so it was all for naught. Gullwing back to Cheng Du and talk to Liu Bei.