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FAQ/Walkthrough by TheNintenGenius

Version: 1.0 | Updated: 08/14/03

Demon's Crest Walkthrough
by TheNintenGenius


1) Disclaimer
2) Version History
3) General Information
  A) Spells
  B) Potions
  C) Crests
  D) Talismans
4) Walkthrough
5) Credits

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18/02/03 - v.1.0 - The first, and hopefully final version of this guide.

Demon's Crest is something of a semi-sequel to the Gargoyle's Quest games on
the NES and GameBoy, and is perhaps the best game of the series. Though it
mostly abandons the RPG elements of the previous titles, the action found
within the game is extremely well done, along with the atmospheric music and
creepy-as-hell graphics. But enough about that, there are several things I've
yet to cover.

The plot of the game is rather simple. In the world, there are two different
realms, one ruled by humans and the other by demons. Six magical crests made
their way into the Demon Realm from the Human Realm, each containing
immeasurable power. As such, the demons fought each other viciously for control
of the 6 Crests.

One demon, a Red Demon by the name of Firebrand, claimed 5 of the 6 crests for
himself, and went to fight the Demon Dragon for the ultimate crest, the Crest
of Heaven. Firebrand won, but was injured badly, and soon the demon Phalanx
overtook Firebrand and defeated him, claiming all of the crests as his own and
setting himself up as the ruler of the Demon Realm, and throwing Firebrand into
the Colosseum to fight to the death. But will Firebrand regain his power, and
re-obtain all of the crests?

Firebrand will come across several different spells which he can purchase to
aid in his quest. They can be used as long as Firebrand has them equipped, and
purchased as long as Firebrand has the money and an empty piece of Vellum. The
spells are as follows:

NAME:     Shadow
PRICE:    10 GP
EFFECT:   A dark shadow enshrouds Firebrand.
COMMENTS: To be honest, I have no idea what the hell this spell is supposed to
do. According to its description, it's supposed to increase his defense
somewhat, but I've noticed no change at all with this spell equipped. Avoid.
NAME:     Hold
PRICE:    20 GP
EFFECT:   A circle of runes encircles Firebrand.
COMMENTS: Once again, I have no idea what it's really accomplishing. According
to the description, it's supposed to hold enemies in place, but I've yet to see
it work. Avoid.
NAME:     Imp
PRICE:    25 GP, plus approximately 1 GP/sec
EFFECT:   Firebrand summons an imp to fight for him... for a fee.
COMMENTS: The imp is only as useful as far as your money supply extends. It
deals a fair amount of damage, but many bosses are immune to its attacks, and
it has a constant usage cost to boot. It's somewhat useful, but overall it's
probably best to avoid using it.
NAME:     Shock
PRICE:    50 GP
EFFECT:   Creates an earthquake
COMMENTS: It does a little damage to ground-based enemies, but nothing really
serious. If you want a real damage spell, stick to Imp or Death.
NAME:     Death
PRICE:    80 GP
EFFECT:   Deals massive damage to all enemies onscreen.
COMMENTS: Somewhat useful for clearing out large crowds of enemies in a pinch,
and is even effective on some bosses. Many of the later bosses are immune to
it, though, and for the most part, you probably won't really need this spell.
Note that this spell can only be bought at the spell shop in town.

Firebrand can also use a wide variety of potions. These are also equipped, and
are either used on command or automatically. They can be bought with the proper
GP count and are stored in empty Urns. The potions are as follows:

NAME:     Mercury
PRICE:    6 GP
EFFECT:   Teleports Firebrand back to the beginning of a level.
COMMENTS: Very useless. The only level where the ability to do this is useful
is in Town and the surrounding areas. Otherwise, there's just no point in going
back to the beginning of a level you can't exit in the first place. Avoid.
NAME:     Sulfur
PRICE:    10 GP
EFFECT:   Teleports Firebrand to the Overworld.
COMMENTS: It's a pretty good potion, especially if you're down to your last
health in a boss battle and need to run away fast. It might pay to keep one of
these on you.
NAME:     Herb
PRICE:    25 GP
EFFECT:   Restores 5 health to Firebrand.
COMMENTS: Useful as a cost-effective pick-me-up early on in the game, it loses
its effectiveness later on when Firebrand's health meter starts to increase
dramatically and the damage dealt by enemies gets more severe.
NAME:     Elixir
PRICE:    100 GP
EFFECT:   Used when Firebrand dies, resurrecting him with 4 health.
COMMENTS: A lot less useful than it sounds, mostly due to the pitiful amount of
health you come back from the dead with. Stick to Herb, Sulfur, and Ginseng for
effective health regeneration or running away.
NAME:     Ginseng
PRICE:    140 GP
EFFECT:   Grants full health to Firebrand.
COMMENTS: Though not very useful at the beginning of the game, it's a lifesaver
later on, and as such Firebrand should always keep at least one of this potion
on his person. Note that this potion can only be bought at the potion shop in

Throughout the game, Firebrand will attempt to regain the crests he worked so
hard to obtain at the beginning. Each crest grants Firebrand new abilities, and
are split into two groups; the Crests of Fire and the Crests of Transformation.
The list of all of the crests is as follows:

NAME:     Fire
FOUND:    Beginning of game
EFFECT:   Deals a small amount of damage, and can light torches. Firebrand can
also headbutt, an ability shared by all of the Fire Crests.
COMMENTS: Not much can be said about this crest. It's fairly weak in terms of
attack, and slow to use. You'll soon find yourself using other crests over this
NAME:     Buster
FOUND:    Ovununu's Lair, after defeating Ovununu. (see walkthrough)
EFFECT:   Deals a moderate amount of damage, and can break bricks.
COMMENTS: Firebrand's staple fireball move, the Buster is fast to fire and more
powerful than its predecessor. You'll find yourself using this crest quite a
NAME:     Tornado
FOUND:    Forest, after defeating the Flame Lord. (see walkthrough)
EFFECT:   Can create temporary platforms for Firebrand to jump on.
COMMENTS: Fairly useless, as the Crest of Air quickly replaces any need for
this crest.
NAME:     Claw
FOUND:    Tower, after defeating the Flier (see walkthrough)
EFFECT:   Deals moderate damage, and allows Firebrand to climb up spiked walls.
COMMENTS: Its climbing ability is quickly negated by the Crest of Air, and when
it comes to damage, it's about the same as the Buster Crest. Not much else can
really be said of it.
NAME:     Demon
FOUND:    Mountain, after defeating Grewon (see walkthrough)
EFFECT:   Deals heavy damage.
COMMENTS: Only somewhat useful, as the Crest of Time negates this crest's

NAME:     Crest of Earth
FOUND:    Outside the Colosseum, after defeating Arma (see walkthrough)
EFFECT:   Transforms Firebrand into the Ground Gargoyle, which can charge into
statues to break them.
COMMENTS: A fairly powerful transformation, its shortcomings are its relatively
low range for its attacks and its lack of an ability to hover or fly. Still
highly useful however.
NAME:     Crest of Air
FOUND:    Hidden Tower, after defeating Arma (see walkthrough)
EFFECT:   Transforms Firebrand into the Aerial Gargoyle, which can fly to new
heights and sever vines.
COMMENTS: It replaces the Tornado and Claw crests, to give you an idea as to
its usefulness. The ability to fly is excellent. The only real shortcoming to
this transformation is that some enemies/bosses are immune to its attacks.
NAME:     Crest of Water
FOUND:    Atlantis, after defeating the Crawler (see walkthrough)
EFFECT:   Transforms Firebrand into the Tidal Gargoyle, which can swim.
COMMENTS: As it's one of only two transformations that allows Firebrand to swim
underwater without taking damage, it's very useful, if a bit on the weak side.
NAME:     Crest of Time
FOUND:    Ice Palace, after defeating Arma (see walkthrough)
EFFECT:   Transforms Firebrand into the Legendary Gargoyle.
COMMENTS: The second best transformation in the game, the Legendary Gargoyle
sports a beefed-up attack, and skin which takes half the damage that
Firebrand's normal transformations take. Exceptional, and only beaten out by
one other transformation.
NAME:     Crest of Heaven
FOUND:    Special password (see walkthrough)
EFFECT:   Transforms Firebrand into the Ultimate Gargoyle.
COMMENTS: An all-in-one powerhouse, the Ultimate Gargoyle can swim, fly,
headbutt, AND charge, as well as shoot out powerful flames that double as
Buster shots. Also taking less damage than Firebrand's normal iterations, the
Ultimate Gargoyle definitely lives up to its name.

Firebrand will also come across Talismans which alter the game about him. There
are five in total, and they are as follows:

NAME:     Crown
FOUND:    Hidden Tower (see walkthrough)
EFFECT:   Increases the chance of enemies and pots dropping GP.
COMMENTS: A pretty useful talisman. In fact, when equipped in town and breaking
windows, you can make hundreds of GP.
NAME:     Skull
FOUND:    Forest (see walkthrough)
EFFECT:   Increases the chance of enemies and pots dropping health.
COMMENTS: Not quite as useful as its GP counterpart, it's useful when your
health is very low and you've run out of potions.
NAME:     Armour
FOUND:    Ice Palace (see walkthrough)
EFFECT:   Cuts the amount of damage Firebrand takes.
COMMENTS: Invaluable in later parts of the game, the Armour Talisman helps
quite a bit in ensuring that Firebrand's health doesn't drain as quickly, and
when used in conjunction with the Crest of Time or Crest of Heaven can give you
an obscene amount of defense.
NAME:     Fang
FOUND:    Phalanx's Tower (see walkthrough)
EFFECT:   Increases the damage Firebrand deals out.
COMMENTS: Not quite as useful as its defense counterpart, the Fang Talisman can
still cut a swath through enemies, especially when paired with powerful crests,
such as the ones for Earth, Time, and Heaven.
NAME:     Hand
FOUND:    Reservoir (see walkthrough)
EFFECT:   Increases Firebrand's rate of fire.
COMMENTS: Fairly useful early in the game, but once you've obtained the Armour
and Fang Talismans, you're better off using those.

Note that this walkthrough only contains what I believe to be the best way to
go through the game. There are actually several ways to beat the game. (as well
as three endings total)

Firebrand begins inside the Colosseum, and right from the start, you'll have to
put up a fight against the game's first boss, the dragon Somulo.

Somulo is actually very easy to defeat. Once you've run over to the right side
of the Colosseum, stand in place until Somulo ducks down his head to shoot a
fireball at you. At this, jump up and shoot Somulo in the head. It'll only take
a few hits before Somulo gives up.

After breaking out of the Colusseum, Somulo will peek his head through the
opening you created, and attempt to defeat you again. This second part of the
battle is even easier than the first. Just hover so you're level with Somulo's
head, and keep firing until he's defeated. After he's finally dead, you can
step forward and claim your first Life Extension to complete the area.

This area of the game is split up into three seperate areas, all of which are
rather straight-forward. In the first area, just press onward, making sure to
destroy all of the statues using your Headbutt move, as one of these statues
contains your first Vellum. Once you reach the end of this small area, you'll
encounter a miniboss, the Hippogriff.

The Hippogriff, like Somulo, is actually very easy to defeat. It only has two
moves worth mentioning. The first is where the Hippogriff will charge at
Firebrand. Depending at the height at which the Hippogriff charges, your
strategy for dodging it will either be hovering or just standing on the ground.
The second move is slightly more difficult to dodge, but not very, that being
where the Hippogriff shoots three of his feathers at you. After you defeat this
pansy, you'll recieve another Life Extension, and continue onward.

This area is full of crumbling pillars standing in spiky plant matter. It
sounds much more difficult than it actually is, though, as the best strategy
for this level is literally hovering over both the pillars and gaps. Near the
end of the level, where there is a floating platform suspended over a seemingly
bottomless gorge, drop down, and you'll discover an alcove containing your
first Urn. After obtaining this, continue on.

A vertical climbing/jumping area which is just as straight-forward as the
previous two areas. Just continue straight up, ignoring the wall with the
Spiders completely, and you'll face your first major boss, the Demon General

Arma has a couple of moves up his sleeves. The first is a blast of electric
energy that he spits out of his mouth, which is fairly easy to avoid. His
second move is a bit trickier to avoid being hit by, where he swoops down to
hit Firebrand. If you jump and hover properly, however, you should be able to
get through this fight with no real problems, and after taking enough hits,
Arma will flee, and drop your first Crest, the Crest of Earth. After this, the
Colusseum area ends, and you're taken to the main world.

There are several areas you can go to on the map, including a potion shop, a
spell shop, three seperate games of chance, 4 main levels, and Phalanx's Tower.
For now, go to the area directly to the left of the Colusseum, which should
look like a town, and land.

Here, you can practice your headbutting ability on the various windows in town.
You can also break the water fountain by charging with your newfound Ground
Gargoyle ability, but it's not really necessary. Here you'll find the house of
an old man (who will identify Talismans for you later), a spell shop, and a
potion shop which is, at the moment, blocked off. After doing what you like
here, continue onward to the next area.

Fairly straightforward. Using your newfound Ground Gargoyle ability, you'll
notice that you'll be able to move the flame-shooting statues by charging into
them. For the most part, though, try not to do this until right near the end of
the area, where you'll see one of the statues standing in front of a piece of
broken wall. Move it, and you'll discover the hidden entrance to the Catecombs.

Very straightforward, once again. Just work your way down through. Remember to
stay in Ground Gargoyle form for most of this first area, as the enemies here
are particularly weak to the Ground Gargoyle attacks. Soon, you'll find a
pillar which, after being broken by charging into it, leads to Level 2 of the

Here, you'll notice that the torches on the wall can be lit by Firebrand's
normal fire attacks. You'll also notice that if they burn out, or are eaten by
the flame-eating ghosts, the area gets very dark very quickly. Just make sure
to keep the area as well-lit as you can. After going down, then working your
way back up, you'll find the entrance to Ovununu's Lair.

After scrambing up the pit that you start out in, you'll have to fight the
many-eyed boss Ovununu. To be honest, Ovununu really isn't all that difficult,
as it is exceptionally weak to the Ground Gargoyle's attacks. The fight takes
place in two parts. First, Ovununu will send its little eyeballs after you,
which only take a few hits each to kill with the Ground Gargoyle. After that,
the main eye attacks. It's slightly more difficult, and can fire acid at you,
but after a few more hits, the eye should be destroyed, and will drop your
first Crest of Fire upgrade, the Buster. After recieving this, you'll be back
in the Overworld. Before going back into town, head back to the Colosseum for a

In the wall with the spiders, you may have noticed an area composed of several
blocks. Using your new-found Buster, you can break the blocks, and reveal an
area containing another Life Extension. After picking this up, head back to

Using the buster again, you'll find that the potion shop is now accessable.
After stocking up on whatever you'd like, go back into the Catecombs.

Here, use the Buster to destroy another wall to reveal a pot containing another
Vellum. After obtaining this, drop down to the Catecombs' second level.

At the bottom of the area to the left, there's another breakable wall. Bust it
down to reveal a pot containing another Life Extension. After leaving the
Catecombs for the second time, re-enter town, then pass through on to the

Another fairly straightforward area. You can use the Ground Gargoyle to destroy
skullpiles and tombstones, and I recommend doing so, as one of the skullpiles
in the level contains yet another Life Extension. Once you reach the end of the
level, you come across the sword-wielding skeleton Belth.

Belth is the first seriously hard boss you'll encounter, and if you bought the
Ginseng, you'll be much better off. Just use the Ground Gargoyle's
ground-creeping flames as much as possible, and attempt to avoid Belth's
hard-to-avoid moves (which include him jumping at you, charging, and swiping
his sword in a fairly wide arc). If you manage to defeat him, he'll drop
another Life Extension, and the area will be complete.

Once back on the Overworld, fly over to the small area in the middle of the
forest to begin your next area.

This area is very straightforward. Just head to the right and press onward.
You'll notice a blocked doorway and an urn on your way through this area, but I
recommend leaving those for later.

There's not much you can do here at the moment. Just try to make it over the
pond in one piece and press on.

As soon as you enter the area, some fiery birds will set the boughs above you
aflame, making this area exceptionally difficult. Try to avoid hitting your
head on the blazing branches and avoid the vines and spikes on the ground.
Flames will also periodically drop from the boughs, so watch out.

Partway through the area, you'll come across a door sealed off by bricks. Break
the bricks with the Buster crest, and headbutt to open up a small cave. Inside
is your first Talisman, the Skull Talisman. Pick it up, leave, and continue on
to the boss of the forest, the Flame Lord.

There are two different parts to the Flame Lord battle. His first form is very
easy to defeat. He will send the flaming birds either flying at you (which can
be dispatched with a few Buster-charged shots), or up into the boughs, where
they'll turn into flames and drop. He'll also charge at you, but it's very easy
to jump over. Once you've dealt him enough damage, he'll go into his second
form, a bouncing, flaming skull.

His skull form is much more difficult to deal with. It will try to swoop to hit
you, weave up and down, and drop flames to defeat you. Just keep firing at it,
using Ginseng to keep your health up, and you'll eventually defeat the Flame
Lord for the second piece of the Crest of Fire, the Tornado Crest.

Though you can re-enter the forest after defeating the Flame Lord for the cave
and a Life Extension, I recommend waiting and instead pressing onward to the
next area, which lies on an island to the southeast at an area that looks like
a few towers sticking up.

Here, your hovering skills will be put to the test, as there are a lot of
spikes on the ground and ceiling, as well as pillars rising up from the ground
and down from the ceiling. Just make sure to be careful, and be sure to avoid
the invincible snake heads that pop out of the walls. Also make sure to enter
the block-protected area for your second Urn.

In this area, you'll have to hover with only a few pillars to land on and
several enemies to enounter. Make sure you have the Buster equipped, and fly
headlong into the fray. Note that it'll be hard to double back in this area, as
a strong wind's blowing at your back.

Near the end of this area, you'll encounter a swirling blue vortex at the
bottom of the screen. Rather than continue onward to the boss, drop into the
vortex, and to the hidden towers.

You'll first encounter another Hippogriff. The only differences between this
one and the one you first encountered outside the Colosseum are that this one's
been palette-swapped and has more stamina. It's still a push-over, though, and
you'll soon be heading to the next area.

In here, you'll find platforms rotating around a central pillar, and some
spikes on the ground. You'll also notice that the walls are made up of a purple
organic substance unremarkable except for the fact that you can't latch onto
it. Just head up to the first door you find, and exit.

Here, you'll notice there's a wind blowing upward, so that if Firebrand has his
wings flapping, he'll fly upward. First, though, drop all the way to the bottom
of the stage and you'll encounter a door. In there is a small area containing
three statues, the one on the far left containing your second Talisman, the
Crown Talisman. Pick this up, and head back outside to catch a lift on the air

For all practical purposes, you can ignore the rest of the doors leading back
into the tower, save the top one. It also pays to fly all the way to the top of
this area, as there's another Vellum not-so-cunningly hidden in a corner.

After re-entering this tower from the topmost door in the previous area, just
use the platforms to make your way to the top, and exit back into the 3rd area
where, after crossing the bridge, you'll come across Arma again.

This time, Arma's a bit trickier, and has a new move up his sleeves, where he
summons a whirlwind to sweep Firebrand up, and subsequently flies into it to
attempt to ram into Firebrand. This move is actually quite worthless, and easy
to dodge, so just use more or less the same strategy you used the first time
you encountered him. After he loses enough health, he'll flee again, and drop
the Crest of Air, ending the area.

Back on the Overworld, you can return to the Forest to pick up a few odds and

Using your new Aerial Gargoyle, you'll notice that the vertical vines that used
to block your path can be cut. Use this to sever the vines that previously
prevented you from getting an Urn. Still ignore the blocked door for now. Fly
through the second area, and continue on to the third.

All of the burning boughs have now vanished, and using your newfound flight,
you can reach a Life Extension that would've previously been unattainable by
normal means. (save the Tornado Crest)

After leaving the Forest, head back to the Towers.

You'll notice that both areas will go much quicker and easier with your
newfound Aerial Gargoyle abilities, and after blowing through, you'll encounter
your next boss, the Flier.

The Flier is very easy to defeat using your new abilities, both in avoiding its
attacks (which are charging at you and shooting its claw arms at you), and
defeating it in general. (the Flier is apparently very weak to Aerial Gargoyle
attacks) After defeating this push-over, you'll recieve the next part of the
Crest of Fire, the Claw Crest. (which is fairly useless, since you have the
Crest of Air)

After you've made it through this area, you'll notice a new area has opened up
in a nearby lake. Go here to enter the next level.

In this first area, just use the Aerial Gargoyle to fly through, avoiding the
water and mer-men at all costs. You'll be able to do more here later, but for
now, just focus on getting to the end.

Alternate between the Aerial and Ground Gargoyles to fly and smash your way
upwards. On the second level, note that there is a Life Exension in one of the
statues, as well as a hidden hole in the floor, so after smashing the statues
down, switch to Aerial Gargoyle to fly to safety. Once you reach the third
floor, the next boss, Crawler, will break through the ceiling, so concentrate
on getting through the statue-choked hallway as quickly as you can, then switch
to Firebrand's Buster Crest to prepare for the battle with the Crawler.

The Crawler is actually quite difficult, and you'll probably go through some
Ginseng when fighting him. His two main attacks are throwing pieces of himself
at you, which turn into zombies on the ground, and pounding the ground to cause
pieces of the ceiling to fall. Floating zombies also come out of his back, so
be prepared.

The best strategy is to float at eye level with the Crawler (as his opened eye
is his only weak point), and concentrate on avoiding the thrown globs, floating
zombies, and ceiling debris (floating at the edge of the screen is a sure-fire
way to avoid the falling chunks). If Crawler backs you up into a corner, use
the Aerial Gargoyle to fly over and behind him, then switch back to your Buster

Eventually, Crawler will be destroyed, and drop the Crest of Water to end the

Back on the Overworld, head to Town, and to the reservoir.

Here, you can pick up two new items with your newfound Tidal Gargoyle
abilities. First, drop down into the water at about the third gap, and swim
down. At the far right of this small area, you'll find the fourth Urn.

Exit this little area, and drop down into the next gap. There's a hidden
passage in the right wall, which leads to the third talisman, the Hand Talisman

After picking these two items up, leave through the Boneyard and re-enter the

You can finally enter the blocked door that I've mentioned a few times
previously. Once in the caverns, you'll understand why I asked you to wait
before entering.

Yes, there is quite a bit of water in these caves. You could've avoided the
water previously, but it's much easier to just go through the area with the
Tidal Gargoyle ability. You won't want to focus too much on the water in this
first area, however, as there's a pot in a sealed-off alcove near the ceiling
in one part of the area. Breaking through with the Buster Crest and opening the
pot will reveal the fourth Vellum. After picking this up, continue onward.

Here, there are several pots you can break underwater with the Tidal Gargoyle,
which contain quite a bit of money. While underwater, you can also break open a
sealed-off door, revealing a hidden area.

In here, you'll find a pot containing a Life Extension. There's also another
door which leads out to the Forest pond. Just ignore it, and go back to the
Tidal Caverns. Once back inside, head up to your next boss, Scula.

Scula is comprised of two parts, Toss and Roll. For the first part of the
fight, use the Ground Gargoyle and concentrate on the larger part, Toss, as
he deals out more damage with his attacks, which consist of jumping into
Firebrand, charging into him, and tossing Roll.

After Toss has been defeated, Roll will attack solo. However, Roll is a huge
pansy, and if you keep hitting it relentlessly with the Ground Gargoyle's
attack, it'll never even have a chance to hit you. After it dies, it will drop
another Life Extension.

Once back at the Overworld, head back to Atlantis.

Use the Tidal Gargoyle ability to blow through this area. At the end, you'll
find a breakable wall, but don't worry about this for now, and instead take the
conventional entrance.

Use the Aerial Gargoyle to fly up into the area that Crawler emerged from, and
you'll discover a few pots and a statue. Break open the statue to obtain yet
another Life Extension. Once you've obtained this, go back to the bottom of the
level, and use the Tidal Gargoyle to enter the small pool.

There's no reason to backtrack, so just continue onward through the area. At
one point, you'll come across a fork in the path, one leading upward and the
other leading left. Take the upward fork first to obtain another Life
Extension, then double back and take the other path. Work your way down until
you reach the next area.

This area is straightforward, if somewhat tricky. Just try to swim through the
spikes without getting hurt, and defeat the mer-men as you see them.
Eventually, you'll come across the next area, and the next boss, Holothurion.

I'd hate to say it, but after bosses like the Crawler and Belth, Holothurion is
entirely too easy. Its only attacks are sucking Firebrand toward him, and
blowing Firebrand away from him, neither one being terribly effective. He also
generates globs of brown goo, but you'll probably never be hit by them even
once. Just hang out at the bottom of the screen and fire like mad at his head.
(it helps to have the Hand Talisman equipped) Eventually, he'll cave in and
give up another Life Extension.

Back at the Overworld, head to the mountains, where another area has opened up.

Right at the start of the level, fly straight up with the Aerial Gargoyle to
obtain the fifth and final Urn. From here, fly straight forward and you'll
encounter the hidden Ice Palace.

Fly up through this area until you come across two doors blocked by ice. Break
into the left one to pick up another Life Extension, then double back to enter
the right door.

Break through the statues, then use your Aerial Gargoyle ability to go through
the rest of this area. Once through here, you'll go across a bridge and
encounter an old foe, the Flier.

The Flier fight is only slightly more difficult this time, given the slick
surface of the bridge, and the fact that it now has more stamina. Otherwise,
this fight should go by fairly quickly, and the same tactics used in the
previous Flier battle should be used., and you'll continue on to the next area
of the Palace.

Use both your Fire Crest and Aerial Gargoyle abilities in this area to both fly
through and keep the candelabras lit. Also be on the lookout for a statue, as
when broken it will reveal the highly useful Armour Talisman.

After going through this area, you'll find out exactly whose palace this is;
none other than Arma's!

Arma is through messing around this time, and has another new move at his
disposal, an energy blast which can be dispelled with a few shots, but it's 
much better to avoid it, as it can cause a large amount of damage if it
connects. The best strategy for this fight is to equip the newly-found Armour
Talisman to minimize damage, and use the Aerial Gargoyle to most easily dodge
his attacks and fight him. After you've dealt him enough damage, he'll finally
give up the ghost, and drop the Crest of Time to give you Firebrand's most
powerful form up to this point, the Legendary Gargoyle.

After this, re-enter the mountain.

You'll notice that with the Legendary Gargoyle, all the enemies here can be
defeated with one hit. Just go through here and continue to the next area.

Just blow through here with the Legendary Gargoyle. Note that the last
skullpile in the level (which is on a platform suspended in midair) contains
the fifth and final Vellum in the game. After this, you'll encounter the wolf

Even with the combination of the Legendary Gargoyle and the Armour Talisman,
Grewon can put up a bit of a fight, as he'll constantly lunge toward you. Note
that sometimes Grewon will turn green, making him invincible to attacks.
As well, he'll breathe out ice which, while it doesn't freeze Firebrand, does
deal a nice amount of damage. After he's defeated he'll drop the last piece of
the Crest of Fire, the Demon Crest.

After this, you should go back to town and stock up on Ginsengs to prepare for
the final stage. As well, you should check out a shop hidden in a small pond
before you leave...

If you bothered to go into any of the game houses beforehand, you'll know what
you'll have to do in here, which is break skulls using your headbutt ability.
However, this is the Level 3 shop, and as such it's quite difficult. If you
manage to break 25 skulls within the time limit (and I recommend trying to do
so), another Life Extension will be yours.

Back on the overworld, you can now head to Phalanx's Tower.

If you had tried entering previously, you'll would have ended up right at
Phalanx's Chamber. Now, however, there's an actual level here. For the first
area, just blow through using the Legendary Gargoyle, making sure to watch out
for the crossbow bolts coming from the ceiling and the Jesters that will break
through the stained glass windows. After this area, you'll come across your
third and final Hippogriff.

Why they even bothered to include a third Hippogriff is anybody's guess. Just
pound away at him and he'll be dead in no time.

Just fly straight up with the Aerial Gargoyle, avoiding the enemies you come
across, until you reach the top. Here, headbutt the bell, and wait a few
moments. After the bell stops ringing, it will drop the 16th and final Life
Extension. Now leave.

Here, fly through with the Aerial Gargoyle again, trying to avoid the spiked
towers and flying enemies. Note that one of the few areas of the ground that
isn't covered with spikes conceals a hidden area that contains the last
Talisman, the Fang Talisman. After picking this last treasure up, continue
onward to the next area.

Ringing the bell will uncover a full health. After that, though, just drop to
the bottom as quickly as possible, ignoring any enemies you might come across.

This area is full of Iron Maidens which contain enemies. The enemies are
pathetically easy to beat, though, and don't make much of an effort to attack,
so you can just ignore them for the most part, and continue on to encounter
Grewon yet again.

Grewon is much stronger since you last encountered him, and as such is a force
to be reckoned with. Just use the same tactics you used previously, and use
Ginseng only if necessary. After it's defeated, you can pick up the full health
it drops, and head straight into Phalanx's Chamber and to Phalanx himself.

Here begins what's probably the most difficult fight in the game. Make sure you
have the Legendary Gargoyle Crest and Armour Talisman equipped, as it's going
to be one bumpy ride.

The first part of the battle is deceptively easy. Just attack Phalanx as he
swoops down or shoots a lighting ball at you. The hardest attack to dodge, a
series of bouncing electric balls, is still very easy to dodge, and after
Phalanx has taken a certain amount of damage, the fight will switch over to
phase two.

Phalanx will use the Crest of Heaven to power himself up, and the arena will
fill with water. Try to keep your head above water (or switch to the Tidal
Gargoyle) and continue to deal damage. After enough damage has been dealt, the
water will drain, and Phalanx will try to use the force of his wings to blow
you into the spiked walls of the arena. Switch to Aerial Gargoyle when he does
this, then when he's finished, switch back to Legendary to pound on him more.
Phalanx will also fire black lighting orbs that act as mini-black holes. For
these, use the Ground Gargoyle to charge away from them.

After dealing more damage, Phalanx will exit, and you'll be transported to the
lair of Phalanx's true form.

I'll not lie, his final form is extremely hard. It has three attacks, all of
which are hard to avoid (a blue laser it fires from its mouth, another homing
laser that fires from its back, and black lightning orbs which home in on
Firebrand). Added to this are a floor made of lava and moving platforms which
can be destroyed and fly right into Phalanx himself. Just try to fire as much
as you can at Phalanx's head when it's open, and have your Ginseng ready at all
costs. Eventually, Phalanx will be destroyed, and you will witness the ending.

Depending on how you played the game, you'll see one of three endings, the Bad
end, the Incomplete end, and the Best end. To get the Bad ending, defeat
Phalanx any time before obtaining all of the Crests. For the Incomplete ending,
defeat Phalanx with all of the Crests obtained but not all of the other
treasures (Vellums, Urns, Talismans, Life Extensions). For the Best ending,
complete the game as I described in the walkthrough.


Even with the Best ending, however, the game isn't entirely over. After the 
credits roll, you'll be given a password. Once you enter this password, you'll
restart the game with all of the crests, urns, and other items you collected at
your disposal. In addition, you now possess the Crest of Heaven, which grants
you your best form, the Ultimate Gargoyle.

So what's there to do with this new form? Well, you can defeat most of the
bosses you defeated previously with your newfound powers, OR you can stock up
on all of the Ginseng you can carry, and explore a new area that's been
revealed that showcases the game's TRUE final boss.

This area is extremely straightforward. Just enter the water, break through the
wall, float up, and break down the sealed door to enter the Dark Demon's

If you thought Phalanx's final form was hard, the Dark Demon is
nigh-impossible, and switches routinely between its two forms, its Dark Demon
form (where it's a floating 3-headed skeleton), and its stationary Dark Angel

Its attacks are nothing short of brutal. In its Demon form, it will fire out
arching bolts of energy in all directions that are nearly impossible to avoid,
and you'll be dogged by an unavoidable black lighting ball which homes in on
your position. As well, its Demon form will summon a waterfall of blood at
times, which can only be dodged by hiding under the Demon itself, and swoop
down to hit Firebrand, sometimes pounding the ground to cause pieces of ceiling
debris to fall.

In its Angel form, it will still shoot the arching bolts of energy, but these
are added to by black lightning orbs that take out pieces of the walls and
floor and replace them with spikes. Pieces of the ceiling will also routinely

As such, this boss is insanely hard, and the best strategy I've found for
defeating it is as follows. Use the Ultimate Gargoyle when fighting him for
maximum damage and defense. When it's in its Dark Demon form, equip yourself
with the Armour Talisman and concentrate on avoiding the demon's attacks. When
it morphs into its Dark Angel form, swap to the Fang Talisman to maximize your
damage, latch onto the wall to the left of the Angel at about head/chest level,
hold the D-pad left to ensure that you'll maintain your grip on the wall if
hit, and fire away like there's no tomorrow. Make sure to keep a close eye on
your health and a Ginseng equipped at all times, and eventually the Demon will
be destroyed, revealing the game's true ending.

I'd personally like to thank the following individuals and companies.

Capcom, for creating such a great game.
Nintendo, for creating possibly one of the finest videogame systems of the
16-bit era.
Alastair "Happybob" Craig of TheRubberChicken for hosting this travesty.
Jeff and J.J. Borgumil for their excellent Demon's Crest Mini-FAQ, from which I
obtained some of the information used in this guide.
And of course, Karla Phillips, for being caring, supportive, and able to put up
with my nerdish habits. =)

If you have any questions, comments, or corrections, feel free to email me at
tng@schroe.org. Be sure to include "Demon's Crest" or similar in the subject
line. No spam, please. I know where you live.

This guide is Copyright 2003 Tomas "TheNintenGenius" Sikkema.


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