“The group defeats Hinoka's forces and seeks Ryoma to end the war decisively. Azura guides them to the throne room's antechamber, where Ryoma is waiting.”
The script for this chapter can be found here.
|The following part of this article contains strategy; therefore, it is subjective, and may not work for everyone.|
This chapter can be one of the hardest chapters in Conquest depending on how the player decides to face the chapter. The win-condition is to defeat Ryoma, which can be done fairly quickly if the player's Avatar is strong enough. Defeating Ryoma without tackling the rest of the chapter with your forces forsakes valuable experience, the Silence Staff and 10,000G chests. The map has a high enemy density and many narrow passages restricting movement- and the placement of enemy units assures that their ranges overlap, forcing the player to take on multiple enemies at once.
Chapter 25 is considerably harder on Lunatic than Normal/Hard due to the addition of Inevitable End. Said ability is enemy-only and causes all stat debuffs to stack with no limit. All enemies that have a Hidden Weapon and/or a Seal skill will have Inevitable End. The enemy's debuffs lean heavily towards speed, defense, resistance and strength; this will quickly make even the most durable units frail and will drop units below crucial doubling thresholds, namely 38 speed for the Master Ninjas and 40 Speed for the non-paired Swordmasters.
Master Ninjas are the most ubiquitous enemy, primarily equipped with Silver Shurikens, but may also possess Practice Katanas or Spy's Shurikens. The player should be aware of the stat drains from the shurikens; Silver Shurikens reduce speed, defense and resistance by 4, while Spy's Shurikens reduce defense and resistance by 5 and all other stats by 2. The Spy's Shurikens 3-range will enable the Master Ninja to strike you from positions you cannot counter-attack from. In addition, some will have the skill Seal Defense, stacking with a Silver Shurikens defense drop adding up to a colossal 10 defense drop from a single instance of combat.
The other enemies comprise of Master of Arms in Kagero's hallway on the right and Swordmasters and Automatons in Saizo's hallways on the left. Many of the Master of Arms are paired-up, and there is one paired-up Swordmaster duo. Some of the Masters of Arms possess the Seal Strength ability. The Automatons all have Spy's Yumi and a Big Saw and are equipped with Seal Defense and Lunge. This ability combination proves extremely deadly, as they can strike from 3-range preventing a counter-attack, then pull your unit 3 spaces away while also reducing their defense by 6. All of the Automatons are within striking distance of one another meaning that once a single unit is pulled by Lunge, it will be struck, moved and have it's defense reduced by all four Automatons- ending with an absurd 24 defense drop. The Swordmaster duo will not engage until your forces come within 2 spaces of it, this is to sync up it's aggro with the range of the nearby Automatons.
An easy way to counter the Master Ninjas on Lunatic Mode is by bringing several Shurikenbreaker units. This may not be enough to fully reduce their accuracy to relatively safe levels, so you may want to pair up the Shurikenbreaker units with a speed boosting partner and using a weapon that has an advantage over shurikens. A fairly high speed Onmyoji with Shurikenbreaker and Calamity Gate should ensure that the master ninjas will miss all of their attacks, provided they stick with Shurikens. You can either buy Shurikenbreaker off other players' castles (or train them if they have access to the Bow Knight class), or capture the Onmyoji in Chapter 22 or Chapter 24. Ensure that your units will also have enough speed to double the ninjas to kill them off in one hit, since all of them are carrying Poison Strike.
The enemy is split up into two hallways, led by Saizo and Kagero respectively. Saizo is at the western hallway, and it contains Swordmasters and Automatons. Kagero is at the eastern hallway, and it contains Master of Arms. Both hallways have Master Ninjas. Both Saizo and Kagero have Shurikenfaire on all modes; on Hard and Lunatic Modes, Saizo will have Luna and Aegis while Kagero will have Rend Heaven and Pavise. On Lunatic, they will get Inevitable End on them.
Saizo's hallway is considerably easier then Kagero's, due to the two paths you can take. It is still dangerous on Hard and Lunatic Modes, caution should be taken, since the Automatons with Spy's Yumis and Lunge your units into certain death. There is also a Swordmaster pair with 40 Speed; the lead Swordmaster has a Venge Katana and Strong Riposte, giving him 12 extra counterdamage in battle. While they do not move, it is best to take them out anyways.
Kagero's hallway can be slightly harder, since your units are put into a narrow hallway where the units can attack with ease on harder difficulties. There are three Master Ninjas in the narrow hallway similar to the ones in Chapter 17, so you can lose a lot of health quickly. Like the other path, Spy weapons make an appearance here on four of the ninjas; three in the narrow hallway and one near Kagero. There are also five Master of Arms in this area; the one blocking your way has Countermagic, while the three surrounding him have a weaponbreaker skill corresponding with their counterweapon. There is a pair up nearby; the lead Master of Arms has Pavise and Aegis, while the one behind has Death Blow and Certain Blow, both skills of little concern were it not for the Great Club he is wielding.
As soon as the battle starts, you are notified that Ryoma is savoring his vengeance. On Normal and Hard Mode, he will wait 25 turns before attacking, and on Lunatic Mode, 20. He will still counterattack if he is attacked. The Avatar is locked in the room with Ryoma, with screens blocking them and your army. To unlock the screens, you will need to defeat his retainers. On Normal mode, you can kill either one of his retainers; on Hard and Lunatic Mode, you will need to kill both of them to pass. While it may seem impossible to achieve in such a small time frame, it is possible to kill both Saizo and Kagero in 20 turns or lower, although this requires a lot of luck.
Although the Avatar can face Ryoma (more on Normal, less on Hard/Lunatic), Ryoma gets damage reduction while the Dragon Vein is active. However, it is still possible to land a Lethality and kill him off in one hit. You could also wait the 25/20 turns and lure Ryoma next to the south screen for your units to attack him with ranged. On Normal, Ryoma has Duelist's Blow. On Hard, he will also gain Astra, Resist Status and Swordfaire. On Lunatic, he will also get Rend Heaven, which could be an issue due to his high skill, although if your Avatar does not have a lot of strength, it should not cause much problems. The Avatar can help to mitigate Ryoma's attacks when he becomes offensive with Swordbreaker if they can obtain it beforehand as Ryoma only uses the Raijinto and has no skill that offsets the hit rate changes from the skill. If Boo Camp is available, using it to bring the Avatar to a respectable level can also prove to be useful, but only if they are struggling to survive.
Capturable Enemies Edit
Notable enemies can be captured from this chapter in Lunatic mode:
- Master of Arms - There will be two Master of Arms both in guard stance with each other located at the top right of the map, near the room before the player reaches Kagero. One will carry Certain Blow and Death Blow while the other will carry Aegis and Pavise. They may be captured if the player wishes to do so.