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FAQ/Walkthrough by bigbadwolf

Version: 1.0 | Updated: 07/06/05

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                                FAQ (JPN Version)

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by bigbadwolf
   bigbadwolf2223@gmail.com

Version 1.0 
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Contents:

      1) Frequently asked questions                   

                    General FAQs                      (ctrl-f #1) 

                    Target 00: Angel                  (ctrl-f #00)

                    Target 01: Setting sun            (ctrl-f #01)

                    Target 02: Cloudsman              (ctrl-f #02)

                    Target 03: Encounter              (ctrl-f #03)

                    Target 04: AlterEgo               (ctrl-f #04)

                    Target 05: Smile                  (ctrl-f #05)

                    Target 06: Lion                   (ctrl-f #06)


      2) Blood system, skills & abilities             (ctrl-f #2)

      3) Enemies                                      (ctrl-f #3)

      3) Unlockables                                  (ctrl-f #4)

      4) Credits, Permissions & Legal                 (ctrl-f #5)


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                         FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS            #1
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                         ************
                         General FAQs
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Q) If this is for the JPN version does it still apply?

A) As far as I know, most things will be the same for both versions, apart 
   from possibly some of the cutscenes. Let me know if anything is wrong 
   though. 

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Q) Can you explain X Y Z in the plot / storyline?

A) No. This is NOT a plot FAQ. This game has a complex twisting storyline, at
   least part of which is left to be interpreted by the gamer, and part of 
   which may have been in the Japanese memos etc in the game so I don't know
   them!

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Q) What difficulty should I start on?

A) Normal is very easy, with hints all over the map screen, and enemy 
   weakpoints automatically targeted. I'd recommend starting on Hard unless
   you're quite an unexperienced gamer.

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Q) How long is the game?

A) About 15 hrs for the first playthrough, 10 or so afterwards. There is an
   unlockable mode worth playing through too, so I'd say a good 30 hrs overall.

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Q) Is it suitable for children?

A) No - it carries an age rating for a reason. Not just violence (plenty), 
   swearing (even more) and sexual references (rare but strong), but also 
   political themes, religious allegory and psychological concepts that are
   designed for an adult audience. 

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                         Target 00: Angel                      #00 
                         ****************



Q) How do I kill the egg laying thing in the car park?

A) You need to shoot the weakspot - on easy difficulty this is yellow and 
   anyone can shoot it out, on the harder difficulties it's red so you should
   use Dan's Collateral Shot (y-button charge *3, you'll need three test tubes
   of blood to do this).

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Q) How do I get into the library?

A) You need to get the heat ring from Susie in the Laundry room dryer, then 
   
   i)  Equip it and light the candles in room 212 in order to get one item (if
       you get the wrong order use the air-con to blow them out).

   ii) Use the ring on the sprinkler in the restroom upstairs to set it off, 
       flush the toilet and then go back down to the laundry room to pick up
       the other item. Now you can use the control panel in the library to open
       the bookcases.   

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Q) How do I open the locked door?

A) Switch to Coyote, he can unlock doors. 

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Q) How do I break down cracked walls?

A) Switch to Mask, and shoot them. There's one in the library and one in the
   corridor section before the boiler rooms.

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Q) How do I get the two soul shells?

A) The first one is in the car park, just talk to Travis. The second is behind
   a barrier just before the boiler rooms (where the spirit hanging down the
   wall is). Switch to Kaede and press Y to use her special which will break
   the barrier (you need at least one test-tube of blood to do this).

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Q) What's the code to the boiler room door?

A) Use Kaede's special ability by the wall behind you, it'll change the phrase
   written on there to reveal the code. It's "NO".

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Q) How do I pass the Gatekeeper?

A) Collect the two souls shells - see above. 

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Q) How do I defeat the Angel?

A) Switch to Kaede, and turn around. Wait until the Angel's hand glows, then
   run clockwise until you're almost behind her, zoom in and shoot one of the 
   faces on her back. Repeat three times. When you meet again, just shoot Kun
   Lan behind her, then Kun Lan's sparkling hand.

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                         Target 01: Setting Sun                #01
                         **********************


Part 1
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Q) How do I jump up to the roof?

A) Switch to Coyote, and press Y to do use his special ability (you need at 
   least one test-tube of blood to do this)

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Q) How do I open the door in the statue room?

A) Get the Water ring from Susie on the roof, and equip it to use it on the
   vase in the guest room. The painting will have the item you need behind it. 

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Q) How do I solve the bridge-lowering puzzle outside?

A) Close the following shutters:

   North room    Black Warrior 
   East room     Azure Dragon
   South room    Red Phoenix
   West room     White Panther

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Q) How do I get past the Gateman?

A) You need the soul shell that fell down when the bridge lowered.  

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Q) How do I kill the Phantom Smile that teleports?

A) Just shoot him in the face (Kaede's the best for this). Otherwise it'll
   teleport right next to you. 

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Q) How do I kill Kisugi?

A) It's just a shootathon - whoever scores the most hits in the time period is 
   the winner. It doesn't actually make much difference if you choose a faster-
   firing character as she adjusts her firing in accordance. I found Kevin to
   be the best for this, with no reload time.

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Part 2
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Q) How do I get past the vending machine?

A) Select the products with initials BTJ, CSC, WTS. This was written in the 
   windshield of the car at the start of this section. 

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Q) How do I get the first soul shell?

A) Roll double ones, the same as the lady had in the poster in the other room.
   Just keep rolling until they come up. Theoretically the chances are 1 in 36
   but I found they'll come up faster than that.

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Q) How do I get the second soul shell?

A) You need to beat the 9,10,J,Q,K hand in the poster on this floor, so turn 
   over the 9 when you get to choose your cards, leaving 10,J,Q,K,A. For any 
   Poker novices out there, this is a better hand!

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Q) How do I get the third soul shell?

A) Guess the finish order for the horse race, in accordance with the poster in
   the other room on this floor. It's 1437625. 

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Q) How do I get the fourth soul shell?

A) Set the background for the tiles that matches (you guessed it) the three
   posters in the corridor on this floor. These change each time, so I can't 
   just give the option to choose. 

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Q) How do I pass the laser barriers?

A) Switch to Kevin, and use invisibility (press Y, you need at least one test 
   tube of blood to do this)

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Q) How do I defeat Jean DePaul?

A) Switch to one of the faster firing characters, and simply shoot the cracked
   ceiling above where he's standing. Dies in one go.

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Q) How do I work the lift controls to get to the roof?

A) You need to pick up an item reached by using Coyote's jump from one of the
   rooms on one of the floors through the ceiling into the room above. 

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Q) How do I get into the boardroom?

A) Get the Wind ring from Susie in the basement, and equip it to blow away the
   cover to the boardroom entrance on the roof.

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Q) How do I defeat the two old men (Kurahashi & Akiba)?

A) Use Kaede, and zoom in to shoot the tie of the one on the right. The one on
   the left will reach over to straighten his tie, showing his brain. Shoot 
   this three times to kill him. Now the remaining man will send up brains in 
   the air, you need to shoot his brain which he'll show if
   i) You shoot all but one of the brains while they're circling
   ii) You wait for all the brains to shoot at (and miss) you, he'll also 
       crouch over for a second here and you've time for a shot.

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                         Target 02: Cloudsman                  #01
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Q) How do I get the Stamina Ring?

A) Use Mask to push the Gas tanker away from the pump, and talk to Susie by the
   pump. Equip it and you'll take less damage when hit.

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Q) How do I kill the Giant Smiles?

A) You need to shoot them in the eye. Kaede is good at this from a distance, 
   but once they've started walking it's better to use a faster firer like
   Con. If all else fails, just run away once they're close and they'll fall
   over and explode harmlessly.

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Q) How do I get into the houses in the suburbs?

A) Use Coyote to jump over the garages to enter each one. You need a test tube
   of blood each time. 

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Q) How do I pass through the gate with the computer terminal?

A) First you need to insert the item you can find in house 210 (by using the
   Water Ring to fill up the vase), then enter the code that Travis had
   written on his shirt when you saw him at the gas station. It's "HUSTLE".

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Q) How do I collect all the Ulmeyda figurines?

A) You can get 10 of them (all except no. 7 and 12) from the machine in the 
   bar, with tokens from the Ulmeyda Smiles you've killed. No. 12 is the ltd.
   edition Ulmeyda which is in house 206 in the suburbs, use Kaede by the
   blood splash on the wall to reveal it. Show your Ulmeyda photo (in the items
   part of the pause menu) at the drug store to open the side building where
   No. 7 is. 

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Q) How do I enter the mountain pass?

A) Collect all the figurines.

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Q) What are the answers to the questions to enter the First Life building?

A) The answer choices (from the posters) are 1,2,3,2,1,3,3. 

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Q) How do I defeat Andrei Ulmeyda?

A) Simply run around the ambulances until you get behind him, and shoot the 
   glowing head dragging behind him. It only takes one shot, so use Con as he's
   a fast runner. If Ulmeyda turns around just run as he'll shoot at you. 

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                         Target 03: Encounter                  #03
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Part 1
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Q) How do I kill the Armoured Smiles?

A) The ones introduced at the start of this level can be dispatched by one shot
   from Mask. The more heavily armoured ones introduced after the movie theatre
   section require a 1-charge Mask shot (press Y once before shooting, you need
   at least one test tube of blood to do this). 

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Q) How do I break the cracked barrier?

A) You need to upgrade Mask first. This is in a chest in the movie theatre
   section.

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Q) How do I kill the 'Jetpack' Smiles?

A) Well, you can actually just shoot them but it takes a bit of luck. You can
   get them with Dan's collateral shot, but it's less wasteful of blood just
   to switch to Kevin and go invisible. 

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Q) How do I kill the Duplicate Smile in the movie theatre?

A) Use Dan to Collateral shoot the red weakspots.  

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Q) How do I upgrade Mask?

A) Use him to open the treasure chest in one of the movie theatres.

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Q) How do I find the circuit breaker?

A) You need to use the Past Ring (which you can get from Susie in one of the
   theatre chests) on the furniture past the movie theatres.

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Q) How do I get the soul shell?

A) Put the circuit breaker back in place (where the 'Jetpack' Smile came from), 
   then use the Wind Ring on the balloons that fly down.

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Q) How do I get the soul shell in the Killered Mansion?

A) Go through the door on each level which has the Smile facing towards you. 
   Ignore the other doors. At the top use Coyote to jump up and talk to Travis.

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Q) How do I get the soul shell in the Freaky Funhouse?

A) First use Con to duck under the low section, then Mask to blow a hole in the
   wall of the next. Use Kaede to shoot the squeakers out of the holes in the
   rotating plinth in the next room, and then switch to Kevin for the room
   after as it contains three Jetpack Smiles. Finally use Kaede to shoot the 
   targets to get to the section with the Ceramic Smile.

   Just stay by the door, and zoom in to where the Smiles running to. He'll
   stop and turn when he sees you to run the other way, but there's enough time
   to take a shot at his heart. If you miss, just turn around to have a shot in
   the other direction. It only takes one, then collect the soul shell and 
   upgraded gun for Dan from the Angel.

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Q) How do I kill the Plated Smile in the HandlinGrove?

A) If you have CriticalLockon with one of your characters, or are playing on
   easy, just lock on and shoot. If not, the weakspot is usually on one of 
   his arms (at elbow level) so shoot around there. 

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Q) How do I kill Ayame (first fight)?

A) This is quite an annoying fight, it'll take a while as she's so fast you'll
   only hit her every now and then. I found the best tactic to be to use Mask
   as his weapon means you don't have to get such an exact hit. Shoot just in 
   front of her every time she runs past, and after 15 shots or so she's done.
   Keep an eye on your health and fill up from your test-tubes as necessary, 
   and make sure you've equipped the Stamina Ring.

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Part 2
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Q) How do I get the soul shell from the statue in the garden?

A) Use Dan's Collateral shot to dislodge it.

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Q) How do I get the item from the water tank near the entrance?

A) Use the heat ring to steam off the water.

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Q) How do I get through the laser barrier?

A) Use Kevin's invisibility. Shoot at the sparkling wire the other side of the
   door to disable the lasers for coming back through.

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Q) How do I solve the car-moving puzzle?

A) Move them so the gap is at the right of the grid, in the middle. Another car
   will pull in, with Susie in the trunk. Talk to her and she'll give you the
   Attack Ring, which increases the power of your attacks when worn.

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Q) How do I get the soul shell in the house?

A) Use the Water Ring to put out the fire in the fireplace, the soul shell is 
   behind it. You can jump up the chimney with Coyote and talk to Travis here.

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Q) How do I defeat the Armoured Smile with the glowing chest?

A) Switch to Mask, and use a 2-charge shot (press Y twice whilst aiming before
   shooting, you need two test tubes of blood to do this).

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Q) How do I get the soul shells in the house past the long path?

A) In the east section, use the Past ring on the Cuckoo clock to get the shell. 
   In the western section, use Con to duck into a sideroom where the shell is.

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Q) How do I kill Ayame (second fight)?

A) Once again I'd recommend Mask, just shoot her as many times as you can. Keep
   a careful eye on the shutters that go up as she only shoots you when she's 
   in the light (although you can get her while they're going up/coming down).
   Keep an eye on your health and wear the Stamina Ring. Once she's beaten, 
   operate the security system to open the door to the pool area.

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Q) How do I drain the pool?

A) Use the pump system at the back of it (near the door Coyote can unlock back
   out to the garden by the statue). Use Mask to blow a hole in the side of the 
   pool to access a Harman's room.

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Q) How do I kill the Laser Smile?

A) Use Kaede, and zoom in to shoot it's face (lock on if you can). You have to
   shoot it fast, or it'll laser you!

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Q) How do I kill Curtis Blackburn?

A) First off, you need to be Dan to get into his room, so that's a good start!
   You need to be quick on the draw when the pigeon flies up, but not so fast
   that you try and shoot if the pigeon just hops. If you do this, Curtis'll
   get a free shot. First to four hits wins.

   The secret is to watch the pigeon verrrry carefully. If it's going to fly, 
   it bobs down a tiny bit first. When it hops up it just hops straight away, 
   so hold off the trigger if you didn't see it inch down first. Once you've 
   mastered this you should be able to beat him 4-0 each time as he's actually 
   very slow on the draw.
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                         Target 04: AlterEgo                   #04
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Q) How do I get the barrel out of the way near the first Harman's Room?

A) Use Mask. He strong like bull.

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Q) How do I collect all the Handsome Men colour lock pieces?

A) Iwazaru's good for something you know. He's all over the place on this
   level, but never hidden or anything. Talk to him everywhere to get all the
   pieces.

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Q) How do I find my way through the maze of alleys in Random Town?

A) Switch to Con, and look for the sound 'ripples' in the distance. Carry on
   along the main path until you see a turning where the ripples are 
   originating from, and follow the turning. Now repeat - it only takes about
   three side alleys to get to the exit.

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Q) Ho do I kill the 'Rolling' Smiles?

A) They do have weak spots but these move too fast to reasonably rely on 
   hitting. Just wait for them to roll up and counter them.

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Q) How do I get into the church and kill the Duplicate Smile inside?

A) Use the Heat ring on the lantern at the back of the shrine. As always with
   the duplicates, use Dan's collateral shot (3-charge) to take out each of 
   the red spots.

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Q) How do I get the colour-lock piece in the painting in the small house?

A) Use Mask to blow a hole in the wall, and hey presto - the room beyond looks
   just like the painting, including Iwazaru plus lock piece.

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Q) How do I open the gate to Trevor's mansion?

A) Use the Wind ring on the wind turbines around the side.

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Q) How do I use the coloured-lantern shortcut doors?

A) Light the ones outside Trevor's mansion with the Heat ring, this'll 
   activate the other sides to them as well.

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Q) How do I defeat the Handsome Men? They always seem to defeat some of the 
   Smiths.

A) As far as I can tell the fights are pretty much predetermined. It seems to 
   go:

   Harman vs Handsome Red          - Harman wins (1 shot)
   Con vs Handsome White Pearl     - Con loses
   Coyote vs Handsome Gold         - Coyote wins 
   Kaede vs Handsome Light Brown   - Kaede loses (at reload)
   Kevin vs Handsome Dead          - Kevin loses
   Dan vs Handsome Blue            - Dan wins (1 shot)
   Mask vs Handsome Purple         - Mask loses, then is upgraded, then you 
                                     can use his new 5-charge to win
   Garcian vs Handsome Pink        - Er, they just talk.

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                         Target 05: Smile                      #05
                         ****************


Part 1
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Q) How do I get the Soul Shell in the lobby?

A) Take Garcian into the Harman's Room into the lobby and switch to Kaede. Use
   her special ability behind the counter.

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Q) How do I get the Soul Shell in the bathtub?

A) Shoot the sparkling hairdryer cord, this'll stop you electrocuting one of
   the Smiths!

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Q) How about the one in the dark room? Or in the wardrobe? Or in the locked 
   room?

A) Use the heat ring, Mask's guns, Coyote's lockpicking. Really, this should
   all be bread and butter now. There aren't really any puzzles on this level.

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Q) How do I get the Shell under the petals on the 7th floor?

A) Use the Wind ring to blow the petals away to reveal it.

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Q) How do I defeat the 'Plague' Smile?

A) This guy's pretty cool - you need to shoot all the red boils, but bear in 
   mind when he only has one left he'll start sprinting at you! So the best
   method is to run close, use Kaede to shoot all but 2 of the biggest spots,
   then back up to the entrance, switch to a faster shooter like Con and pick
   off the last two. 

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Part 2
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Q) How do find the tape recorder?

A) In the data room, you need to enter into the panel the code corresponding 
   to the number of transformations in each poster (in the data room) for each
   toy in the posters (in the corridor outside the data room). If you can't be
   bothered to figure it out, it's 3576. A section will open up and Travis 
   will give you the recorder.

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Q) Where are the tapes?

A) Well, there's one by the toy posters near the start, more dotted around
   the classrooms and then one you'll get in the library. You don't actually
   need to listen to all of them if you use this FAQ though!

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Q) Where is the Soul Shell?

A) Shoot locker 666 to get the Soul Shell. and open another locker door. Travis
   is in 656 if you want to talk to him.

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Q) How do I open the big iron doors?

A) When you shot locker 666 it opened another locker door. Shoot this and two 
   more open, shoot the further one, then another two open, shoot the further
   one again, and 650 will open. Select Mask and get his last upgrade suit.
   Now shoot this locker to open 680 (at the other end of the row). Shoot this
   one to open the doors.

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Q) How do I defeat the 'Rocket' Smile in the Library?

A) It may be spoiling the fun, but the easiest way by far is just to use Mask
   with his 5* charge super-shot. Dead in one! Otherwise, you need to make
   sure you shoot out the rockets while hitting the Smile or it'll get tricky
   fast.

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Q) How do I open the safe in the Chairmans room?

A) From the tapes: First number 91007, second 15020.

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Q) How do I operate the computer terminal in the data room?

A) You need to be Garcian, as he needs to put his Look Ring in. You also need
   the eye from the safe mentioned above.

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Q) What are the answers to the questions on the terminal?

A) 1) PARKREINER
   2) 200485
   3) NEVADA
   4) 19421122
   5) O
   6) MICHAEL
   7) KATHARINE
   8) 19521122
   9) NODATA
  10) ELBOW

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Q) How do I defeat the Chairman in the gymnasium?

A) First, operate the machinery by the side of the stage to open the curtains.
   Now after the cutscenes, shoot the hanging Chairman on either sides of his
   body repeatedly to make him swing. After a few shots, his trousers'll fall
   off revealing a big red weakspot. Use Dan's collateral shot here (although
   don't worry if you're all out of test-tubes, you can just shoot it normally
   but it takes ages).

   Next, you need to shoot him with the golden gun. But none of the Smiths can
   pick it up and the Black Smiles are killing you! Don't worry. One by one
   the Smiths will perish, as none can hurt the Smiles. Eventually though it'll
   cycle to Garcian, who can pick up the golden gun Matsuoka dropped. Shoot
   the Smile and then the Chairman.

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Q) How do I get to the top of the hotel?

A) This part is all on rails really, just follow along, examine all the blood
   stains (where you found the Soul Shells here before, right?) and enjoy
   the amazing storyline unfolding before you...

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                         Target 06: Lion                       #06
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Q) How do I kill the Smiles - I can't see them?

A) Well Garcian gave up his Look Ring right? So now you can't see them. You 
   can still make them out though, especially if you look up a bit so they 
   stand out on the horizon a bit more. Actually you can just run straight 
   through, you'll only get hit twice. Shooting them doesn't even give you
   blood anymore.

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Q) Does it matter if I kill Matsuoka or not?

A) No, but there's a different sequence at the end depending on what you 
   choose. Kill him and Battleship island is blown up, let him live and it's
   captured instead.

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                         BLOOD SYSTEM                          #2
                         ============


Shoot Smiles and you get awarded blood, much more so if you kill them by 
hitting their weakspots. It comes in two types, thick (stored in a large bag 
you can check on the pause menu) which is used to upgrade characters, and thin
(stored in test-tubes you can check on the pause menu) which is used to heal
characters, and use special abilities such as charged shots and invisibility.  

The Bloodroom is accessible through Channel B on the TVs in Harman's Rooms.
Here you can convert thick blood (of which you can hold up to 1000dl at any one
time, shown on the pause menu) into upgrade points for character skills. Each
upgrade point costs 40dl of blood, and can be assigned to upgrade any of four
skills from level 0 to level 5 for Dan, Kaede, Kevin, Coyote, Con or Mask. 
Harman, young Harman and Garcian cannot be upgraded.

The points required to upgrade from the previous level are:

Level 1:       1
Level 2:       2     
Level 3:       4
Level 4:       10
Level 5:       26

Therefore to get one skill to level 5 costs 43 points, so to get all four for
a character up to level 5 costs 172 points. You can only hold 100 in the
Bloodroom before assigning them though. The skills you can upgrade are:

Power:      Increases the power of your shots,
Speed:      Increases the speed (running, reloading, firing) of the character,
Waver:      Increases the stability of your aiming (very important for Kaede),
Critical:   Increases the likelihood of critical weakspot shots,
Invisible:  (Kevin only): Increases the time you can stay invisible from about 
            15 seconds to about 40 seconds in 5 second increments,
Range:      (Mask only): Increases the effective range of Masks grenade 
            launchers.

The Bloodroom on each level (or part-level) stops converting your saved up 
blood into upgrading points after a set level, this is to stop you overpowering
the characters too early in the game. Although you can replay levels, once 
you've maxed out a bloodroom it'll stay that way. The only exception is 
Target 05 part 2 (in the school), where if you can be bothered you can collect
as much blood as you want until all characters are level 5 for everything.
You don't get anything for this though - I've tried!

Bloodroom limits:



      Level                            Limit
      -----                            -----

00 Angel                         1320   (33 upgrade points)

01 Setting Sun pt1               1440   (36 upgrade points)

               pt2               1600   (40 upgrade points)

02 Cloudsman                     1760   (44 upgrade points)

03 Encounter   pt1               1920   (48 upgrade points)
  
               pt2               2120   (53 upgrade points)

04 AlterEgo                      2320   (57 upgrade points)

05 Smile       pt1               2640   (66 upgrade points)

               pt2               no limit

06 Lion                          n/a




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                         ABILITIES
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ChargeShot
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Dan, Kevin, Coyote, Mask

This ability is granted to the above from the start. Press Y whilst aiming to
charge, 1* for Kevin and Coyote, 3* for Dan and 1 or 2 for Mask. Kevin's charge
can be upgraded via the ShineSparkling ability, and Mask's via the Target 04
boss fight upgrade. Dan's charge is known as the Collateral Shot.

Each charge requires one test-tube of blood to use, e.g. the Collateral Shot 
requires three.



CounterAttack
-------------
Dan, Kaede, Kevin, Coyote, Con, Mask

Everyone can get this ability fairly quickly, and it's very useful. Once 
obtained, when an enemy gets very close and is about to attack, press X when
the white flash shows on the screen to counter their move and destroy them. 
It's not all good though - some enemies can't be countered, and it breaks 
any weakspot-kill combo you've built up.



CriticalLockon
--------------
Dan, Kaede, Kevin, Coyote, Con, Mask

Although everyone can get this, it's not until later in the game as the skill
requirements are high (Kaede and Con need all 4s, the others all 5s). It's
also useless on a Normal playthrough as everyone effectively has this ability
as part of the settings. It enables the character to lock on to the weakspot
of an enemy by pressing L, and as you can imagine is vital on the harder
settings, especially Killer 8 when you can't even see the weakspots.



DeadlyBlow
----------
Coyote

This is one cool ability for Coyote only; when you hit enemy bodyparts it'll
usually say 'Deadly Blow' in the corner of the screen and the bodypart will
fall off straight away. Not amazingly useful, but cool nevertheless. 



DoubleTap
---------
Dan, Kaede, Coyote

Tap fire twice to churn off two rapid shots. Particularly good for these guys
as they're quite slow firers.



DownAttack
----------
Dan, Kaede, Kevin, Coyote, Con, Mask

This is a watered down version of CounterAttack that is even easier to obtain.
When an enemy is 'downed' and crawls up to attack you,  press X when the white
flash shows on the screen to counter their move and destroy them.  



EnemySlow
---------
Dan, Kevin

This is quite useful, as most hits on an enemy will result in them going into
slo-mo for a few seconds, which can give some well needed breathing space.


FootLockon
----------
Coyote

Another cool, but not very useful ability for Coyote. Pressing L whist aiming
will lock on to the legs of the enemy. Combined with DeadlyBlow, it means 
you'll be knocking a lot of legs off - get that DownAttack ready!


HeadLockon
----------
Dan

This is a good ability for Dan, although it's superseded by CriticalLockon.
Pressing L whist aiming will lock on to the head of the enemy, particularly
useful against Smiles for whom this is always the weakspot, i.e. Phantom 
Smiles, Laser Smiles, 'Minehead' Smiles.



ShineSparkling
--------------
Kevin

This is effectively a ChargeShot upgrade, just for Kevin, which gives him an
additional 3* charge special attack, which looks pretty neat. Obviously you 
need at least three test-tubes of blood to use it.



TripleTap
---------
Dan

Tap fire three times to churn off three rapid shots. This takes away the pain
of Dan's slow firing but can take a while to get.




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                         SKILL REQUIREMENTS
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(Power=P, Speed=S, Waver=W, Critical=C, Range=R, Invisible=I)


        SKILL               REQUIREMENT

Dan
***
        ChargeShot             none          
        DownAttack          P1 S1
        DoubleTap              S2
        CounterAttack       P2 S2 W2 C2
        HeadLockon                W3 C3
        TripleTap              S4
        EnemySlow           P4       C4
        CriticalLockon      P5 S5 W5 C5

Kaede
*****
        DownAttack          P1 S1
        CounterAttack        P1 S1 W1 C1
        DoubleTap              S3
        CriticalLockon      P4 S4 W4 C4

Kevin
*****
        ChargeShot             none
        DownAttack          P1 S1
        CounterAttack       P2 S2 I2 C2
        ShineSparkling      P3 S2 I2 C2
        EnemySlow           P3       C3
        CriticalLockon      P5 S5 I5 C5

Coyote
******
        ChargeShot             none
        DownAttack          P1 S1
        FootLockon             S2 W2
        CounterAttack       P2 S2 W2 C2
        DoubleTap              S3
        DeadlyBlow          P4       C4
        CriticalLockon      P5 S5 W5 C5

Con
***
        DownAttack          P1 S1
        CounterAttack       P2 S2 W2 C2
        CriticalLockon      P4 S4 W4 C4

Mask
****
        ChargeShot             none
        DownAttack          P1 S1
        CounterAttack       P1 S1 W1 R1
        CriticalLockon      P5 S5 W5 R5


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                         ENEMIES                               #3
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SMILES:


Target 00
*********

Heaven Smile
'Scaredy' Smile
Duplicate Smile
Smile 'Egg'
Micro Smile
'Jogging' Smile
'Golden' Smile
Speed Smile


Target 01
*********

'Minehead' Smile
Spiral Smile
'Ceiling' Smile
Phantom Smile
'Para' Smile
Poison Smile
Mother Smile
'Claw Arm' Smile
Back Smile


Target 02
*********

Ulmeyda Smile
Giant Smile


Target 03
*********

'Armoured' Smile
'Jetpack' Smile
'Armoured' Smile II
Ceramic Smile
'Plated' Smile
'Armoured' Smile III
Laser Smile


Target 04
*********

'Rolling' Smile
'Paint' Smile


Target 05
*********

'Plague' Smile
'Rocket' Smile


Target 06
*********

'Small' Smiles



SPECIALS:

Angel

Kisugi
Jean DePaul
Kurahashi & Akiba

Andrei Ulmeyda

Ayame I
Ayame II
Curtis Blackburn

Handsome Men

Education Chairman


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                         UNLOCKABLES                           #4
                         ===========

Killer 8
********

Beat the game on Normal or Hard to unlock an extra mode, 'Killer 8'. This also
changes the title screen to say 'Killer 8' in yellow (rather than 'Killer 7' in
red). You can now select Killer 7 or Killer 8 modes on the menu screen, but
Killer 8 only has one difficulty: very hard!

The '8' refers to young Harman Smith, an extra playable character selectable on
the pause menu or channel 9 on the TV screen. He wields an old style Tommy gun,
which has a large magazine and great rate of fire. He isn't upgradeable with
abilities though, and as CriticalLockon is vital in Killer 8 he's only useful
near the start. Great health is a plus.

Killer 8 is harder for several reasons; 
Weakspots are no longer visible or automatically locked onto,
The number of test-tubes of blood you can have is limited to 8,
No hints on the map whatsoever (not even save rooms or soul shells)
Enemies cause more damage and take more hits (to non-weakspots),
More Duplicate Smile collateral shot weakpoints

Oh, and completing Killer 8 lets you see the final credits in Kanji instead of
English. Woo hoo. 


Hopper 7
********
 
Beat Killer 8 to unlock an extra mode, 'Hopper 7'. This also changes the title
screen to say 'Hopper 7' in green. You can now select Hopper 7, Killer 7 or 
Killer 8 modes on the menu screen, but Hopper 7 only has one difficulty: easy!

Hopper 7 only lasts for one level, Target 00, in which all of the normal smiles
(i.e. not Micros or Duplicates) are replaced by humans wearing big plastic 
grasshoppers on their heads. Yes really. They die with one shot, in a shower
of green blood. I guess this is a nod to Grasshopper Manufacture who were 
involved in the game's production.



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                         CREDITS, PERMISSIONS & LEGAL          #5
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CREDITS:
      Capcom & Grasshopper for making such a brilliant game
      Gamefaqs and NTSC-UK boards for discussing stuff
      Codejunkies for helping us importers

Game Credits:
     
      Harman Smith (voice)         Dwight Schultz
      Garcian Smith (voice)        Greg Eagles
      Dan Smith (voice)            Michael Gough
      Kaede Smith (voice)          Tara Strong
      Con Smith (voice)            Jun Hee Lee
      Mask De Smith (voice)        Miguel Caballero
      Coyote Smith (voice)         Benito Martinez
      Samantha Smith (voice)       Heidi Anderson
      Christopher Mills (voice)    Bart Flynn
      Toru Fukushima (voice)       Jim Ward
      Jean DePaul (voice)          James Horan
      Hiro Kasai (voice)           Robin Atkins Downes
      Andrei Ulmeyda (voice)       Cam Clark
      Gabriel Clemence (voice)     Chris Cox
      Curtis Blackburn (voice)     Alistair Duncan
      Ayame Blackburn (voice)      Masayo Hosono
      Love Wilcox (voice)          Debi Derryberry
      Linda Vermillion (voice)     Jennifer Hale
      Punk Kid C (voice)           Kris Zimmerman
      Narrator                     Jack Angel
      Kenjiro Matsuoka (voice)     Steve Blum
      Kun Lan (voice)              Joe Lala 

      Production Supervisor        Akira Kokushoh
      Production Supervisor        Hideki Kato
      Main Programmer              Satoshi Kawakami
      System Programmer            Kazuhisa Watanabe
      Event Programmer             Noboru Matsuzaki
      Visual Effects Programmer    Takumi Yamada
      Event Programmer             Shinya Sato
      Programming Supervisor       Yoshikazu Fujita
      Art Director                 Akihiko Ishizaka
      Background Model Designer    Hajime Kishii
      Background Model Designer    Katsunori Kitayama
      Background Model Designer    Toshiyuki Kimura
      Character Design             Kunihiko Taniwaki
      Path Designer                Hiroto Yamamoto
      Sound Director               Masafumi Takada
      Sound Effects                Jun Fukuda
      Assitant Director            Toshihiro Fujikawa
      Assistant Planner            Ryouichi Kubodera
      Producer                     Hiroyuki Kobayashi
      Executive Producer           Shinji Mikami

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