Dynasty Warriors 9 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Dynasty Warriors 9 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires Coming to All Current and Next-Gen Platforms https://www.gameskinny.com/if5jy/dynasty-warriors-9-empires-coming-to-all-current-and-next-gen-platforms https://www.gameskinny.com/if5jy/dynasty-warriors-9-empires-coming-to-all-current-and-next-gen-platforms Mon, 28 Sep 2020 14:53:01 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires is coming to current and next-gen platforms, including Nintendo Switch, in "early 2021," Koei Tecmo has revealed. The announcement came as a brief blip during the developer's 2020 Tokyo Game Show presentation alongside an even briefer trailer.

Even though the trailer doesn't show much, the name itself gives an idea of what the gameplay might be like. That's because the Empires offshoots of Dynasty Warriors games fuse Musou-style combat with more strategic elements.

The goal is usually the same — conquer China — but while the DW Empires formula still uses the "one warrior versus a thousand opponents" setup, there's more involved.

Tactics such as negotiations and alliances play an important role. Players can take on quests, join another army and rise through the ranks, or do whatever it takes to bolster their forces and prepare for the next battle.

Presumably, Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires will be no different. Whether it does away with the divisive open-world setting from Dynasty Warriors 9 or at least improves it remains to be seen, though there's plenty of room to improve.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires news as it develops.

Koei Tecmo Set to Announce New Dynasty Warriors Game This Summer https://www.gameskinny.com/lwm31/koei-tecmo-set-to-announce-new-dynasty-warriors-game-this-summer https://www.gameskinny.com/lwm31/koei-tecmo-set-to-announce-new-dynasty-warriors-game-this-summer Thu, 20 Feb 2020 14:53:20 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Despite its massive, glaring, and unforgivable faults, Dynasty Warriors 9 did decently enough for Koei Tecmo not to toss the whole series in the trash. Thank goodness.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Dynasty Warriors series, Koei Tecmo is presenting a play from August 20 to 24 by Daisuke Nishida. Nishida has written and directed plays for the series before and worked on the anime series Bokurano and Claymore.

The play, subtitled "The Battle of Chibi IF," seems to offer an alternative take on the famous battle of Chibi that fans of the Dynasty Warriors series and those familiar with Romance of the Three Kingdoms are well-familiar with.

This doesn't seem to be all Koei Tecmo has in store for fans this year, though.

In a letter posted on the official 20th-anniversary site, series producer Akihiro Suzuki reminisces about how Dynasty Warriors came to be, the successes of the fourth entry in the series, and how it's spanned to such vastness even outside of its numbered entries (Empires, Extreme Legends).

He also confirms a new game will be announced this year for the 20th anniversary. One has to wonder whether this new game announcement may be a bit of a return to form, emulating the PlayStation 2 era of Dynasty Warriors, as he details the success of Dynasty Warriors 4 in selling a million copies in only nine days when it first came out.

There's a storm a-brewin' over at Koei Tecmo, and I'm excited to see if lightning will strike. While I do consider Dynasty Warriors 9 one of the worst games I've ever played and I genuinely dislike it, I've still pumped over 80 hours into the blasted thing.

Whether Dynasty Warriors fans want to admit it or not, Koei Tecmo and Omega Force are basically guaranteed our money. I'd love to spend that money on a worthwhile entry to this series again, but we'll have to wait until August to see what they have in store for us.

How to Change Characters in Dynasty Warriors 9 https://www.gameskinny.com/2a9u8/how-to-change-characters-in-dynasty-warriors-9 https://www.gameskinny.com/2a9u8/how-to-change-characters-in-dynasty-warriors-9 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:02:50 -0500 buymymixtape123

Let's just start by getting the elephant out of the room: Dynasty Warriors 9 is pure garbage. It is an utter mess, and it shouldn't have been released in the state that it is in. With that being said, here is the way you change characters in Dynasty Warriors 9.

To begin your character swap, you first have to leave the current game you are in and go to the main menu. When you are in the main menu, you have to start a new game, whether it is the story or free mode, depending on what you were playing. Do note that there is only one save game for both story mode and free mode, so tread lightly when picking the mode to change your character.

When you do this and change your character, you will still be in the same chapter you left off in before changing your character, just probably not in the same place as you left off. Also, all your characters share the same inventory, so you don't have to worry about losing items when switching to a new character.

Switching characters shouldn't be this much of a hassle, but this is what happens when you make a bad game like Dynasty Warriors 9. If you're sticking with this game and want to know the basics, be sure to check out our Dynasty Warriors 9 tips and tricks guide.

Dynasty Warriors 9: Controller and Gamepad Fix Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/mlard/dynasty-warriors-9-controller-and-gamepad-fix-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/mlard/dynasty-warriors-9-controller-and-gamepad-fix-guide Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:51:14 -0500 Craig Snyder

Dynasty Warriors 9 has made its way to Steam and is riddled with both in-game and out-of-game bugs. One of the most frustrating bugs you may find yourself running into is difficulties with getting your Xbox One or PlayStation 4 controller to work with the game.

The good news is that there is a way to fix it and get your controller or gamepad to work, but the bad news is that it can be incredibly tricky to do all on your own. In this guide, I'll lay everything out step-by-step.

Step 1: Fixing PS4/XB1 Controller for Dynasty Warriors 9

First, make sure that both Big Picture Mode and the in-game Steam Overlay are enabled.

Be sure Big Picture Mode and the in-game Steam Overlay boxes are checked in the Steam menu

Big Picture Mode can be accessed from the controller icon at the top-right of the Steam client, and the Steam Overlay can be enabled under the In-Game section in your settings.

Next, navigate to your installation directory for Dynasty Warriors 9. It should be something like this:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Dynasty Warriors 9

Right-click on the game's executable file, go to Properties, then under the Compatibility tab you want make sure "Run this program as an administrator" is unchecked and "Disable fullscreen optimizations" is checked.

Step 2: Fixing PS4/XB1 Controller for Dynasty Warriors 9

Go back into your Steam settings and go to the Controller tab. From there, click on "General Controller Settings" and you'll want to tick the setting corresponding to whichever controller you're attempting to use. Ticking both of these settings won't have any negative effects either.

Make sure you also have the controller you're trying to use checked in the Steam menu

Next, find Dynasty Warriors 9 in your Steam library:

right-click on Dynasty Warriors 9 > Edit Steam controller settings > Export config > "Personal" > Local only > [give it a name] > Save > exit

Step 3: Fixing PS4/XB1 Controller for Dynasty Warriors 9

Navigate to the following folder from your Steam directory:

userdata\userid\241100\remote\controller_config\Dynasty Warriors 9

Here, you should find several files (specifically the one you named in the previous step). If you don't see them here, go up two directories, and they may just be in the "remote" folder (depending on your OS). Delete all of the existing files here.

Download the fixed VDF file here. You want to take this VDF file and paste it in both of these directories. Again, these directories are:

userdata\userid\241100\remote\controller_config\Dynasty Warriors 9


Lastly, either in your Steam Library or Big Picture Mode controller settings:

right-click on Dynasty Warriors 9 > Edit controller configuration > Browse config > Select the Dynasty Warriors 9 configuration > Apply config > exit

At this point, completely restart Steam and give Dynasty Warriors 9 a try with your controller. It should be working!


I've got to assume that it's small errors and bugs like this that currently have Dynasty Warriors 9 sitting on overwhelmingly negative reviews on Steam, but at least this fix works for now. Hopefully, the game is patched in the future, and things like this can be taken care of. Fixing this controller glitch can be a real headache without a guide like this.

Be sure to check out some of our other Dynasty Warriors 9 guides:

Dynasty Warriors 9: How to Bond with Officers https://www.gameskinny.com/b7j2j/dynasty-warriors-9-how-to-bond-with-officers https://www.gameskinny.com/b7j2j/dynasty-warriors-9-how-to-bond-with-officers Mon, 26 Feb 2018 12:53:12 -0500 Craig Snyder

Starting out in 1997, a hack-and-slash franchise that just keeps on kicking has released yet another sequel in its series with Dynasty Warriors 9. Dynasty Warriors 9 is the same story and gameplay that we've come to know and love from Dynasty Warriors, but kicked up in terms of gameplay and graphics for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

The Bonding system is one of the many things in Dynasty Warriors 9 that comes with very little explanation and is instead expected to just be figured out by the player, but with this guide, I'll make that a little bit easier for you.

What does bonding do in Dynasty Warriors 9?

Bonding has been around for the last several installments of the Dynasty Warriors franchise, and in Dynasty Warriors 9, it's what many players from the past have come to expect of it. In Dynasty Warriors 9, there are a number of Officers that you can create a bond with that will allow you to pick up some extra unlocks, like galleries and Bodyguard skills from Dynasty Warriors games of the past.

Maxing out 20 characters' Bonding level in Dynasty Warriors 9 will also get you an achievement, The Ties that Bond Us; however, in my experience, the Bonding system is very glitchy, and reaching this achievement is going to be a bit of a frustrating struggle if you do encounter these glitches.

How can I bond with Officers in Dynasty Warriors 9?

If you've yet to play through Dynasty Warriors 9, my first tip is to have the Bonding system fresh on your mind as you do your playthrough. As you travel through cities, make sure you check for Officers to talk to. Doing it this way is going to save you a lot of backtracking if you progress far into the game. Certain characters are also going to die throughout the story of Dynasty Warriors 9, which means that there are cutoff points where you won't be able to go back and create bonds with certain Officers.

Next, let's get into some important techniques to protect ourselves against the annoying glitch that plagues the bonding system in Dynasty Warriors 9. You're going to need two Hideaways and a Bonfire. The two Hideaways will allow you to quickly travel to respawn Officers, and the Bonfire will allow you to quickly progress time if you ever need to send a letter out again due to this glitch.

When you have these, you want to send a letter to one of the available Officers from your first Hideaway and then head to the second one, where you'll see that Officer spawning. The Officer will always spawn on the right side of the house and then slowly make its way through the day. Speak to them and your Bonding level will increase. All you need to do is repeat this process over and over with all of the Officers available, traveling between your Hideaways, and you'll max out your Bonding level in no time.

However, a glitch that you're very likely going to experience is that when you travel from one Hideaway to another, you'll encounter a completely different Officer than the one to whom you sent the letter. I can't reproduce this, and it seems completely random (though quite common), but what you'll need to do is travel to your Bonfire to advance the time. If you head back to your Hideaway, the correct officer should show up, and you can continue through the normal process. If you still see the wrong Officer, resend the letter to the correct Officer and try again.


The Bonding system in Dynasty Warriors 9 is specifically for achievement hunters and people interested in the extra galleries and Bodyguard skills. Maxing out your Bonding level does nothing else that I've personally found or read about online. It would have been a nice touch if Officers you've bonded with would send you gifts or something like that. If you find yourself struggling or annoyed by this system, you aren't missing out on too much if you decide to skip grinding it.

Be sure to check out some of our other Dynasty Warriors 9 guides:

Dynasty Warriors 9 Guide: Making Unlimited Money & Tons of XP https://www.gameskinny.com/1oq4p/dynasty-warriors-9-guide-making-unlimited-money-tons-of-xp https://www.gameskinny.com/1oq4p/dynasty-warriors-9-guide-making-unlimited-money-tons-of-xp Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:21:13 -0500 Ashley Shankle

I've made it pretty clear that Dynasty Warriors 9 is a broken, ugly, boring mess but you may want to make it a little more interesting if you're pushing through it because of a sense of obligation to the series -- just like I did.

It is possible to rake in tons of XP, gold, and all those ancient coins all in one go in a relatively short span of time if you know what to do.

This method is not interesting in the least, but it will grant you access to end-game weapons, accessories, and gems much earlier than you should have them -- which is a must-have for Chaos mode since enemies have health bars bigger than their egos.

So the first question is:

What is This Grinding Method?

If you've played the Dynasty Warriors 9 for at least a few hours, you've probably noticed the odd group of bandits out in the wild. Bandits with no nameplate or anything at all, just regular ol' bandit dudes. Ignore them, because you're looking for the higher-ups.

In certain mountainous areas (or just uninhabited plains) are multiple packs of Bandit Chiefs and Bandit Leaders, which are far more lucrative than their no-named brothers.

Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to hunt these groups down and kill'em dead.

Killing each of these bandits nets you random ancient coins, XP, and exceptionally rare vendor trash that sells for 3000 ~ 6000 gold each. Interested yet? Heckin' yeah, you are.

How Do You Do It?

Well, you just find them and kill them. Here are the steps:

  1. Find them
  2. Kill them
  3. ?????
  4. Profit!

More seriously, the fastest way to kill these bandits isn't to assault them head-on. Rather, you should shoot them with your bow. A single shot will kill them depending on where you hit and the type of bandit it is.

Sometimes you have to shoot them in the head, sometimes you have to shoot them in the nameplate (no joke) -- but you should be able to kill them with a single aimed shot. This is something that takes practice, but it doesn't take a long time to get the hang of.

If you really want to speed up the process, you need to invest in a stack of Exploding Arrows. Shooting a group of bandits with Exploding Arrows won't necessarily kill all of them, but it will almost always kill enough to more than make up for the expense of the arrows and your time.

When you find one cluster of these bandits, you will surely find more nearby. Once you find one group and take them out, just run around the area and try to find more groups nearby.

Bandit Locations

There are a ton of places you can find Bandit Chief and Leader groups, but I did take screenshots of a few locations as I played the game.

These are definitely not the only places you c6an find these enemies as they are fairly common, but these location markers will help if you're not sure where to go hunt them at a given time.

In these pictures, I've zoomed the map all the way out, but it's still hard to tell where they were taken. Nonetheless, maybe they will help you.

Where to get Exploding Arrows

There have been some towns that I've had to use as Explosive Arrow-buying hubs when I'm grinding, but I honestly can't say if the Shopkeeper inventories stay the same forever.

I believe I was initially buying them in Shouchun, but I don't see them there anymore. Currently, in my game, I'm seeing them for purchase in Xuchang. I'm not sure if the locations rotate, but it shouldn't take you long to find a town where you can buy them if you've played the game for a bit. Just fast travel from town to town to find them and cough up the pricey 4000 gold per arrow -- which you will more than make back with ease.

If you take the time to hunt down Bandit Chiefs and Leaders, you'll be handsomely rewarded with all the gold, XP, and ancient coins you could possibly want. It's worth the effort, that much is for certain.

If you found this guide to be helpful on your journey around China, take a look at our other Dynasty Warriors 9 guides.

Dynasty Warriors 9 Review: The Musou That Shouldn't Be https://www.gameskinny.com/6q2v7/dynasty-warriors-9-review-the-musou-that-shouldnt-be https://www.gameskinny.com/6q2v7/dynasty-warriors-9-review-the-musou-that-shouldnt-be Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:43:05 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Would it be wrong to say Dynasty Warriors 9 is probably one of the worst games to come out on console in a while? That this may be the worst game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One?

I've debated this over the past week, both internally and with my husband. The Dynasty Warriors series has never been of stellar quality, but you know what you're getting into when you buy a game in the franchise. Smooth combat, killin' loads of dudes, and some sweet music. All with that timeless Romance of the Three Kingdoms story, one that admittedly has seen a bit too much play in these games.

And of course, these games are not for everyone; they have never been for everyone. But this is the first time I have ever felt that a Dynasty Warriors game is not for anyone at all. It should be tossed in the trash, scratched off Koei Tecmo's record, and burned out of the collective gaming memory.

Dynasty Warriors 9 is so collectively bad that it fits the Japanese moniker of "kusoge" -- a shite game. It is one so bad that I am eager to wash my hands of it, delete it, and pretend it doesn't exist.

Imagine this: A game series running for this long based solely off its simple combat system, goal-based missions, cool music, and item/equipment collecting. Take all that good stuff and then add a huge, empty open world and a bunch of half-baked mechanics that mean nothing at all. Then strip down everything the series was known for and toss it into the market with a $60 price tag. That's Dynasty Warriors 9.

There is so much wrong with this game that it's hard to pinpoint it all, and as a fan of the series since its third entry, I can't help but feel like this is an affront to those who have stuck with the series for so long.

This game is the culmination of every possible way a Dynasty Warriors game could have gone wrong. Every single aspect of it is bland and boring, from the open world and missions to the cutscenes and actual combat. None of your actions mean anything at all, and the game is padded out with this massive map with nothing to grab your interest.

For the sake of argument, I'm just going to present to you in bullet points some of the biggest problems with Dynasty Warriors 9 -- because you definitely wouldn't read them all written out in paragraphs:

  • The world is big, empty, and boring
  • There are 90 characters, but only 36 weapon types
  • The English voice acting is abysmal (but Chinese and Japanese are available on PS4 at least)
  • Every character essentially feels the same due to the new move system
  • You can do a full elemental attack combo by using a special attack, then pressing attack into oblivion
  • Sometimes when you try to use a finishing attack, a QTE finisher (gross), the game just doesn't register it at all and you dash at someone unrelated
  • Playing through multiple stories is a chore because you tend to have to watch the same boring cutscenes over and over again
  • There are so many bugs that listing them would be longer than this review
  • Standard cutscenes are, once again, characters just standing there bloviating

Literally, every one of Han Dang's lines has him mentioning how
no one pays attention to him.

  • I won't go into details on the endings, but let's just say most feel unfulfilling and are confusing for those not familiar with the Romance of the Three Kingdoms story
  • Towns are difficult to navigate and NPC markers in towns, particularly dialogue NPCs, are rarely exactly where the map says they are
  • There is absolutely no point to exploring because there is nothing to find but crates full of crap you find anywhere (or you can break the game and just buy outright)
  • Hunting is a total joke
  • Archery is busted; often you can just shoot humans' nameplates until you get lucky
  • Enemies are not a challenge in the least, even on Chaos mode
  • Enemies don't use special attacks or musous, ever
  • Chaos mode officers' main lines of defense are rolling around and having disgustingly huge lifebars
  • The game is so incredibly boring on Normal and Hard that you really have no choice but to play Chaos mode if you want some sort of challenge
  • Spreading missions out wastes a ton of time
  • Those same spread missions actually mean nothing, and you can just (usually) fast travel to the main objective, climb the town walls, and go straight for the target
  • You can trivialize every mission's steps just by using the grappling hook
  • The rain effect shows the rain as white over enemy lifebars, making them very hard on the eyes
  • Enemies can be knocked into obstacles or into the water and stuck
  • Hell, when you knock them into the water they just wade in place until you come near or push them out

Here I am pushing Guan Yu, my mission objective, back to land
because his AI broke in water.

  • You get the best weapons just from currency grinding
  • Currency grinding is unbearably slow unless you go out of your way to break the game
  • There is no incentive to killing enemy officers that are not the mission objective -- ever
  • There is no incentive to go off the beaten path and do your own thing
  • Side quests are all pretty much the same thing (either the NPC wants an item or for you to go outside town and kill some enemies), and their rewards are not worth it
  • The music is not remotely on par with the rest of the series
  • There is a ton of slowdown, which is par for the course in the series, but especially bad at times
  • After you finish a mission you have to wait for all the side dialogue to wrap up before the game recognizes you finished the mission
  • Mission objective characters don't load until you've been right inside the mission area for a few seconds
  • Sometimes the game will load a cutscene, then load again and let you move around for a little bit, then load another cutscene, then load another cutscene right after, then load you into another town and let you move around, then load another cutscene (this is not an exaggeration)
  • The load times are atrocious when they stack like in the above situation
  • Don't even get me started on the villagers working rice fields -- if you see them in-game, you'll know what I mean
  • There is only one savegame at a time, and it's shared between Story and Free mode
  • It honestly and truly looks terrible

Just why, dude. Why release this game

Does this look like a big bitch-list? It is one, because Dynasty Warriors 9 is a horrible game. Can you imagine how long this review would be if I didn't condense the bad points above?

I don't like to write reviews where I complain the whole time, but this is an exception. I cannot find a single good thing about this game, not a single aspect I can say was even halfway decent. This is really and truly a reprehensible game -- and its sheer existence has made me reconsider my loyalty to Koei Tecmo and the Warriors brand.

These captains were following me for a mission. Whenever they caught up to me, they'd just gather and stand in front of me -- and be impassable as you see here.

They tried something new here, and the fact is, it didn't work. It doesn't work, and it's not going to work. Have you ever seen Koei Tecmo put out a big patch for a release? Hell no. You're going to have to cough up the dough for the Extreme Legends release or a Power Up Kit or a totally new version of the game with new bells and whistles.

As a nearly lifelong fan of Dynasty Warriors, I feel hurt that this game is so unapologetically bad. Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 two years ago wasn't very good either, and it suffered from similar quality control and content issues.

One can't help but wonder if it actually is time to put these two series to rest, or if Koei Tecmo is trying to bury it themselves. No matter the case, Dynasty Warriors 9 is an absolute must not buy. Who cares what Extreme Legends is going to be like when they release a full-price game as busted and unloved as this one here.

[NoteDisclaimer: Koie Tecmo provided the copy of Dynasty Warriors 9 used in this review.]

Dynasty Warriors 9 Clone Weapon List https://www.gameskinny.com/b5x1q/dynasty-warriors-9-clone-weapon-list https://www.gameskinny.com/b5x1q/dynasty-warriors-9-clone-weapon-list Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:12:54 -0500 Ashley Shankle

There may be 90 characters in Dynasty Warriors 9, but there are not 90 different weapons or movesets to play with.

Clone movesets are a trend that started with the much-loathed Dynasty Warriors 6 and it has continued all the way up to today -- though no game in the series has had the character roster so condensed with clones than Dynasty Warriors 9.

Among the roster of 90 characters, there are only 36 separate weapon types. Furthermore, characters who use the same weapons do not play all that much differently. The primary differences lie in their special and musou attacks, and the layout for their R1 attacks, which paradoxically, are themselves the same.

The purpose of this weapon type list is to help you choose who to play, whether you want to stick to one weapon playstyle, or try new things. You can give any character any type of weapon, but their moveset will be generalized if they are not using their favorite weapon type.

  • Sword -- Cao Cao, Sun Quan,  Xu Shu
  • Pike -- Lu Meng, Yueying
  • Club -- Xu Zhu, Huang Gai
  • Guan Dao -- Guan Yu, Yu Jin, Li Dian
  • Twin Fans -- Xiaoqiao, Daqiao
  • Spear -- Zhang Fei, Zhao Yun, Ma Chao
  • Poleaxe -- Lu Su, Xin Xiangying
  • Double Voulge -- Jiang Wei, Wei Yan, Cheng Pu
  • Great Sword -- Xiahou Ba, Guan Ping
  • Chain and Sickle -- Gan Ning, Chen Gong, Jia Xu
  • Chain Whip -- Diaochan, Zhenji, Cai Wenji
  • Axe -- Zhurong, Dian Wei, Han Dang
  • Twin Axes -- Zhang Liao, Ma Dai
  • Shaman Rod -- Pang Tong, Zhang Jiao, Zuo Ci
  • Fan -- Zhuge Liang, Sima Yi, Zhuge Dan
  • Shooting Spears -- Guo Huai, Man Chong, Jia Chong
  • Sword and Shield -- Xingcai, Li Lingqu
  • Dao -- Zhou Tai, Sima Zhao
  • Nunchaku -- Ling Tong, Guan Suo
  • Greataxe -- Deng Ai, Xu Huang
  • Flail -- Dong Zhuo, Cao Ren
  • Rapier -- Yuan Shao, Sima Shi, Liu Shan
  • Mace -- Pang De, Guan Yinping
  • Meteor Hammer -- Xu Sheng, Zhang Bao
  • Gauntlets -- Meng Huo, Ding Feng
  • Urumi -- Xun You, Zhang Chunhua, Fa Zheng
  • Chakrams -- Sun Shangxiang, Wang Yi
  • Fan Sword -- Zhong Hui, Cao Xiu, Guan Xing
  • Twin Rods -- Taichi Ci, Yue Jin, Xiahou Yuan
  • Guillotine Sword -- Sun Ce, Zhou Cang, Wen Yang
  • Throwing Knives -- Zhang He, Wang Yuanji, Xun Yu
  • Bo Staff -- Zhou Yu, Guo Jia, Zhu Ran
  • Podao -- Sun Jian, Xiahou Dun, Huang Zhong
  • Twin Swords -- Liu Gei, Cao Pi, Lu Xun
  • Mandarin Duck Hooks -- Lianshi, Bao Sanniang
  • Halberd -- Lu Bu

Thirty-six different weapon types is still a hefty number after everything is said and done. Find the characters you like best and just go with them.

If you're looking to powerlevel a character or get your hands on the best weapons and gems as soon as possible, check out my Dynasty Warriors 9 unlimited money making guide. The method covered grants gold, XP, and loads of ancient coins!

Dynasty Warriors 9 Tips & Tricks Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/vdrv9/dynasty-warriors-9-tips-tricks-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/vdrv9/dynasty-warriors-9-tips-tricks-guide Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:24:30 -0500 Ashley Shankle

There are a lot of things one could say about Dynasty Warriors 9 and, to be honest, not a lot of them are positive. Nonetheless, as a fan of the series I feel the need to push forward -- as I'm sure you are, too.

The open world adds some complexities to the game that we haven't seen in previous Warriors games. You have shops to peruse, weapons and accessories to craft, and the whole of ancient China to explore. These all sound very exciting, but ultimately this is a Warriors game. None of it is going to be too complex. That said, there are still a few things to know that will make your time with the game go more smoothly.

None of these tips focus on combat directly, but they are centered around you learning how to make the most of your time with the game and have some fun despite the game's shortcomings.

Don't Play on Normal

Whether you're totally new or a Dynasty Warriors veteran, you are probably not going to find any challenge on normal difficulty.

Switching to hard doesn't just make enemies tougher, it increases the amount of captains you'll find just about anywhere. It's definitely an improvement considering how empty things feel on normal difficulty.

Chaos difficulty also increases the amount of captains you'll come across, but enemies become complete health sponges and don't do all that much to defend themselves. I don't really count "rolling around" as self-defense, do you?

Fast Travel When You Can

It doesn't take a full 2 hours to go across China like Koei Tecmo claimed in previews last year, but it does take a while even with a hyper-fast horse. Make use of fast travel whenever you can to save time.

As a reminder, any area of the map you've revealed at any point in time can be seen by any character you play. The only restriction on your fast traveling is whether the area you're going to is under enemy control.

Be Mindful of Nearby Obstacles When Fighting

It is really very easy to accidentally knock enemy officers (especially ones you have to kill for a mission) into obstacles and get them stuck. That sounds great, except you have to figure out how to get to them and kill them safely. That's a lot easier said than done in enclosed spaces.

Try to aim yourself so your R1 attacks and musou don't knock enemies directly into obstacles to try to mitigate this issue.

Of course, you may still run into situations like the above where Sun Quan just sunk through the floor above him. Just wait for the enemy officer to sort itself out in these situations.

Shopkeeper and Blacksmith Wares Scale with the Story

Don't run around China looking for Elixirs. Once you get far enough in the story, you can buy them at any shopkeeper.

There are some cities and forts where you can buy items prematurely, or those that have special wares.

Always Check Traders

Traders are the one NPC you want to check in every town. Each Trader NPC has its own rotating inventory, and it rotates each day.

Traders sometimes sell rare materials alongside their generally large furniture wares, which is what makes checking them so important. Getting yellow-grade materials will save you time down the line if you're aiming for crafting top-tier weapons.

Always Wear a Gold Crown

You should be wearing the Gold Crown accessory as soon as you can either buy or make it. The Gold Crown attracts item towards you, which is invaluable. Then again, accessory slots are invaluable, too. This particular accessory is just too useful not to have equipped.

Stat Point Allocation

There are really only three stats that matter: Your speed, attack, and power.

Speed actually increases your attack speed, which in itself is an absolute boon. You need it, I need it. We all need it. The faster you attack, the more hits you can get in at a time.

I don't know whether I'd recommend maxing your speed out first, because attack damage in itself is so important. You need that extra standard attack and special attack damage, and your primary stat goal should be to hit 999 attack as quickly as possible.

The long and the short is to pump all your stat gains into speed and power.

Choose Gems Based on Their Bonuses, Not Your Characters' Elemental Attacks

You may be tempted to choose certain elements for your gems because the character you're playing uses a particular element in its special and musou attacks, but in my experience that is not the best course of action.

Each gem elemental type boosts a particular stat when using an attack that uses that element. That sounds great! Until you run into something like every single high-tier ice gem boosting defense when using ice attacks. None of the ice gems boost attack power when using ice attacks.

I highly recommend using actual attack-boosting yellow-grade gems like Vermillion Bird on pretty much every character. They downright hurt and are prone to percentage damage bonuses on special and musou attacks.

If you absolutely want to stick with a character's element and end up buying a few gems of their type from the Coin Collector, prioritize special and musou attack bonuses above all else.

Start Your Gem Collecting Off Via Scourge Gems From Delittantes

It's easy to do, really. Scourge Gems aren't amazing, but they're the first purple-grade ones you're going to be able to get and it's better than nothing.

You can find Delittantes in town teahouses, they require Hunting Points to get their rewards.

Shooting Bandits in the Mountains Gives No Hunting Points

Just something to be aware of. Only animal kills with your bow and arrow count towards your Hunting Points.

Hunting Points are actually absurdly easy to max out. Just wander the wilderness with a bunch of Poison Arrows and try to find boss-level special animals to snipe.

It doesn't take long to rack up several thousand doing this, rather than shooting down deer near the road.

You Can Buy Weapon Recipes From a Towns' Coin Collectors

You can do this all the way up to every weapon sets' best weapons. You just need the coins to do it. Each recipe requires 3 scrolls to learn.

Just Stay on the Roads in Towns

I try to take shortcuts all the time. It's rarely worth it. Just stay on the roads in towns to save yourself the headache of having to use your grappling hook to get over a few buildings.

Free Mode Opens Up After You Beat One Character's Story

'Nuff said. But, Free mode is pretty much identical to Story mode.

There are certainly more tips for surviving in Dynasty Warriors 9, but you'll figure them all out quickly enough. The best way to enjoy this game is to try to make your own fun, whether that means collecting every yellow-grade EX weapon or just pushing through all the stories.

These tips are nice and all, but if you want to know how to get your hands on pretty much unlimited gold, XP, and ancient coins you need to check out my Dynasty Warriors 9 money making guide. If you want to know which characters are clones, here they are.

Koei Tecmo Announces Dynasty Warriors 9 Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/l7bzw/koei-tecmo-announces-dynasty-warriors-9-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/l7bzw/koei-tecmo-announces-dynasty-warriors-9-release-date Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:01:42 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Koei Tecmo America recently announced a Western release date for the upcoming open-world Dynasty Warriors 9. The game is set to launch February 13, 2018, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam and features a host of changes to the well-known musou mechanics from previous Dynasty Warriors games.

Dynasty Warriors 9 takes place during the tumultuous period of Chinese unification in the Han dynasty, when various factions vied for control as the empire seemed to crumble. And, according to Koei Tecmo, the game adheres faithfully to the historical narrative.

One of the major changes in DW9 is that it's now an open-world game, taking you to familiar locations like the Yellow River, across snowy peaks and fortified ruins, and numerous other locations. The story takes place across 10 chapters through which you advance in any order you desire, along with a myriad of missions to keep you occupied. These missions vary in type, including Critical and Regular missions, and the way you handle them often affects the how other missions play out.

In addition to the familiar "one-versus-one-thousand" battle format, Koei Tecmo has implemented new battle mechanics. There are three types of attacks, which deal progressively more damage when used in succession: Trigger, Flow, and Finish Attacks. Players will also find new strategic options available to them, including "attack head on," "infiltrate at night," and "launch a surprise attack."

Koei Tecmo plans on providing bonus costume content available to those who buy either the digital or physical version of DW9, centering around the seven fan-favorite characters Guan Yinping, Diaochan, Sun Shangxiang, Lu Lingqi, Wang Yi, Zhao Yun, and Wang Yuanji. Zhao Yun gets a Beijing opera inspired outfit, where the other six receive special Chinese undergarments.


Let us know in the comments if you plan on picking this one up! And stay tuned to GameSkinny for news and information on Dynasty Warriors 9 as it develops.