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DW7: Conquest Mode; All the information you could ever want to know about Conquest!
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As seen on http://inspchin.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/dynasty-warriors-7-modes-analysis/! (=D)

What is Conquest Mode?
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Known in the community as Conquest Mode, Chronicle Mode, or Free Mode+, Conquest Mode is the replacement for Free Mode from previous games. It combines minor aspects of old Xtreme Modes, Legend Modes, and Empire Modes into a giant gridded map where you can select and play over 215 different missions. It also implements a variety of RPG elements into the game and will probably be the primary timesink in DW7.

How does Conquest Mode Work?
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Conquest Mode when opened is a giant map of china covered in blacked out or gold/silver hexadecimal shapes. Each of these shapes is called an "episode" or for the sake of simplicity a "hex". Each hex is a battle scene or a city.

When you select a hex you choose which character to enter it as, certain hexes have special restrictions on which character you can use for it (for special What-If and Special Weapon missions covered later) and some hexes have special requirements to unlock.

As you finish each hex (which will turn it gold) you'll unlock all hexes touching it for access (turning them Silver). Some players may decide to unlock as many hexes as fast as possible (thus taking a zig-zag route with as much exposure as possible) or some may choose to slowly make their way down the map. The choice is yours!

(Note: Unlocking Hexes on the Conquest Map is global, not on a per-character basis, so once you have access to a Hex on one character, you can play it with any character [unless it has character restrictions])

So you want to visit the City!
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Cities
You'll begin your exploits in a city most likely, every "province" has at least one (at least 14 are seen on the map in some screenshots). Within each city are a variety of facilities that you can access.

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Blacksmiths are places where you can pay a fee to have your seal gauge be filled based on your performance in recent battles.

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Weapon Dealers are places where new weapons can be created, as you gain control of more cities you also gain the ability to create more weapons.

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Tea Houses are places where you can select and manage your guardian animals and allies. Here you can select who will aid you in battle at the next fight (be it guardian animal as a mount or ally, or officers as allies).

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Merchants are rare NPCs who sell the services of Officers to assist the player in battle. You can also purchase weapons or animals here.

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Scholars are rare NPCs who will give you a quiz over Three Kingdoms trivia and if you answer four out of five correctly will reward you with gold or items.

So you want to battle?
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In Conquest Mode jumping into battle is as simple as selecting a hex, then a character, and jumping right in. When selecting a hex you can view the information right on the hud, such as conditions (no pets, no allies), reward (in gold or weapons), and the scenario's difficulty rating.

Know your battle!
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The hex's icon determines what kind of battle it is or what kind of reward it will have for the character. Battle hexes come in a large variety.

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City Gate
These battles are stages that unlock the nearest city for access.

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Status Hex
These stages boost the character's statistics and fame, and also award money when cleared.

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Weapon Hex
Finishing this event will unlock a random weapon for your character.

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Rare Weapon Hex
Unique per character, these hexes unlock each character's Special Weapon, a penultimate weapon with special stats and unique look that is character specific.

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Guardian Animal Hex
These hexes reward the player with a new Guardian Animal (Mount or Pet) by completing them.

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Legend Hexes
These hexes are "gaiden" stages or What-If missions for specific characters.

To Battle!
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Each battle hex has its own set of objectives, participating officers/factions, and its own rewards. Once you're in battle just begin hacking and slashing your way to your objectives.

After battle reap the rewards of your labor, rifle through your gained weapons, view your new stats, spend your Skill Points, and prepare for the next hex! Slowly but surely you'll dig your way across China!

Edited by Shadowclaimer, Tue Mar 1, 2011 11:43 am.
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Excellent guide. Well done Shadowclaimer.
This explains a lot.

I hope DLC characters can be added to conquest mode... I'm hoping for Other characters, and Pang De.
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how do you know so much???

i'm a little confused, you said that certain characters can not be used in certain "episodes" and then you went on to say "(Note: Conquest Mode is NOT character specific, it is a global endeavor across ALL characters)"

could you elaborate on this a bit?
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RandomGuySaysHi
Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:18 am
how do you know so much???

i'm a little confused, you said that certain characters can not be used in certain "episodes" and then you went on to say "(Note: Conquest Mode is NOT character specific, it is a global endeavor across ALL characters)"

could you elaborate on this a bit?
Certain hexes can only be played by certain characters (there are very few like this, mostly the Gaidens and Special Weapon stages).

However the unlocking across the map is globally done, so you don't have to re-unlock hexes for every single character.

And I read and pay attention ;) I'm a data whore.

Edit: Editted main post to word that better =P
Edited by Shadowclaimer, Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:21 am.
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Shadowclaimer
Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:19 am
RandomGuySaysHi
Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:18 am
how do you know so much???

i'm a little confused, you said that certain characters can not be used in certain "episodes" and then you went on to say "(Note: Conquest Mode is NOT character specific, it is a global endeavor across ALL characters)"

could you elaborate on this a bit?
Certain hexes can only be played by certain characters (there are very few like this, mostly the Gaidens and Special Weapon stages).

However the unlocking across the map is globally done, so you don't have to re-unlock hexes for every single character.

And I read and pay attention ;) I'm a data whore.

Edit: Editted main post to word that better =P
ok, i got a better idea of what you mean now, thanks.
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I /think/ its finalized.

Any comments/criticism/anything I'm missing let me know and I'll update it.
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Wow, nicely done. Once again ;)

I'm liking this Conquest Mode more and more. Though I think people who are still whining about Free Mode should take a look to get a better understanding.
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Yea I can't personally see the complaints about Free Mode missing, the ONLY thing that will be different will be the fact that you probably won't get access to a Story Mode stage just by beating it in Story Mode, you'll have to actually get to it on the map from your starting hex.

But that's still not a big deal.
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Just wondering, but after you clear the whole thing, you can select any, right?

And about the *special* weapon hexes, how do you activate those? Is it just unlocked, then go in with every other character?
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Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:29 am
Though I think people who are still whining about Free Mode should take a look to get a better understanding.
the only problem that most of us have is that conquest mode is turning out to be something totally different from what we were first told it would be like.

we were told it would be based off a timeline, sort of like Destiny mode from DW5 XL
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Blaziruku
Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:34 am
Just wondering, but after you clear the whole thing, you can select any, right?

And about the *special* weapon hexes, how do you activate those? Is it just unlocked, then go in with every other character?
I'm unsure about unlock requirements, but I assume they'll be pretty damn difficult.

And yes once you've snaked your way through (or hit every square) they're all available permanently (until you delete your save data).
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kaiosuke37
Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:29 am
Though I think people who are still whining about Free Mode should take a look to get a better understanding.
the only problem that most of us have is that conquest mode is turning out to be something totally different from what we were first told it would be like.<br /><br />we were told it would be based off a timeline, sort of like Destiny mode from DW5 XL
That I can't comment on, I've always known it as this =P

You sure you're not getting Kingdom Mode mixed up with Conquest? Because Kingdom is definitely Timeline based.
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Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:37 am
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kaiosuke37
Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:29 am
Though I think people who are still whining about Free Mode should take a look to get a better understanding.
the only problem that most of us have is that conquest mode is turning out to be something totally different from what we were first told it would be like.<br /><br />we were told it would be based off a timeline, sort of like Destiny mode from DW5 XL
That I can't comment on, I've always known it as this =P

You sure you're not getting Kingdom Mode mixed up with Conquest? Because Kingdom is definitely Timeline based.
go look at the thread called "what will you do in conquest mode" everyone in that thread posted based from what i was saying. that might give you a better idea of what we thought.
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How do the saves work for chronicle mode. Is it like dw6 empires? Do you have to do 60 saves if u want every character?
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Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:37 am
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kaiosuke37
Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:29 am
Though I think people who are still whining about Free Mode should take a look to get a better understanding.
the only problem that most of us have is that conquest mode is turning out to be something totally different from what we were first told it would be like.<br /><br />we were told it would be based off a timeline, sort of like Destiny mode from DW5 XL
That I can't comment on, I've always known it as this =P

You sure you're not getting Kingdom Mode mixed up with Conquest? Because Kingdom is definitely Timeline based.
go look at the thread called "what will you do in conquest mode" everyone in that thread posted based from what i was saying. that might give you a better idea of what we thought.
Yea that's the OP not understanding the source material when posting =P

The original post itself is highly misleading considering you don't join a faction or such lol its all independent mission based. The map of China is just a complex mission select screen =P
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This is what I digg and this makes sense. Explained better than the site or just formated better honestly lol. Idk but this made my day lol.
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Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:40 am
How do the saves work for chronicle mode. Is it like dw6 empires? Do you have to do 60 saves if u want every character?
Negative, there is one giant menu of the map for everyone, everyone shares what hexes are unlocked etc. There are no saves (except interim saves during battle). It just automatically globally saves for everyone.

IE: The Map itself is not character based, you don't pick a character until you select a hex. Therefor if I play as Cao Pi and unlock most of the map, I can then swap to whoever I want for whatever mission. I'm not limited. (unless the mission itself has restrictions)

Reverie
Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:42 am
This is what I digg and this makes sense. Explained better than the site or just formated better honestly lol. Idk but this made my day lol.
That's the goal sir, to provide information in an entertaining and informative way so that everyone can understand and stop confusing stuff =P

MOD EDIT: Do NOT double-post! Use the Edit button next time please!
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Here's where the faction info does come from, here on this very site the Chronicle mode points:

This seems to be an individual(1), free-roam-China and create-your-own-destiny story mode
You move across a hex-grid map of China
In-between battles, you can visit cities to buy and upgrade weapons
You can also interact with other unique characters, and depending on how you interact, you can unlock more playable characters from this mode
When you join a faction you will be able to play in their specific stages
Each characters will also have special stages unique to them, such as battles that take place in ROTK, or what-if scenarios; for example, Sima Yi's special stage is Battle of Wu Zhang Plains
Other than the Weapon Blacksmith, there is an Item Peddler, a Restaurant, a Trainer and a Quizmaster in the city
For the Quizmaster, apparently you can get various things if you can answer the quizzes correctly
There will be also Gaiden / Side Story scenarios
After fulfilling certain conditions, the same person as player character may appear in the battlefield, but with an alternate colored costume
Chronicle Mode will have both Online and Offline (splitscreen) Co-op
Some stages will have limitations, such as whether you can bring partners and support animals, or not
You can re-battle the stages that you have already cleared


1: This is a confusing point to most people as they read this word as meaning you must start over as each character.



Now, the KoeiWarriors site here clearly states that you do join a faction with your character. This mixed with playable Kingdom Mode stages lead people to believe that there is a story to this game mode and that your decisions affect the story. Here's hoping that this helps clear things up for everyone.
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Just wondering, but after you clear the whole thing, you can select any, right?

And about the *special* weapon hexes, how do you activate those? Is it just unlocked, then go in with every other character?
I'm unsure about unlock requirements, but I assume they'll be pretty damn difficult.

And yes once you've snaked your way through (or hit every square) they're all available permanently (until you delete your save data).
Sweet I was going to ask about, that this is good
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How do the saves work for chronicle mode. Is it like dw6 empires? Do you have to do 60 saves if u want every character?
Negative, there is one giant menu of the map for everyone, everyone shares what hexes are unlocked etc. There are no saves (except interim saves during battle). It just automatically globally saves for everyone.

IE: The Map itself is not character based, you don't pick a character until you select a hex. Therefor if I play as Cao Pi and unlock most of the map, I can then swap to whoever I want for whatever mission. I'm not limited. (unless the mission itself has restrictions)
THANKS SOOO MUCH!!! this was bothering me until now. Im guessing once you unlock a hex you can replay it as much as you want right?
Also, i have another question.
Is there going to be a way to replay story missions with different characters that have nothing to do with the story?
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Just wondering, but after you clear the whole thing, you can select any, right?

And about the *special* weapon hexes, how do you activate those? Is it just unlocked, then go in with every other character?
I'm unsure about unlock requirements, but I assume they'll be pretty damn difficult.

And yes once you've snaked your way through (or hit every square) they're all available permanently (until you delete your save data).
Ah, so is it like the previous DW?

So if I enter the *special stage* as Zhang Fei, it would be different as Zhao Yun entering it, perhaps? So then they each will have their own *hard difficulty* unlock weapon.

Makes sense to me, so Zhao Yun might have to kill this guy etc, and then if you enter as Zhang Fei you have to do this and that on a different stage?

So will the online work like Murasame (however you spell it) Castle? You enter a stage, press online or w/e, then wait to see if another person is also playing that stage? I wonder if you can invite people/have parties so you can actually play with a buddy.
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Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:45 am
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Just wondering, but after you clear the whole thing, you can select any, right?

And about the *special* weapon hexes, how do you activate those? Is it just unlocked, then go in with every other character?
I'm unsure about unlock requirements, but I assume they'll be pretty damn difficult.

And yes once you've snaked your way through (or hit every square) they're all available permanently (until you delete your save data).
Ah, so is it like the previous DW?

So if I enter the *special stage* as Zhang Fei, it would be different as Zhao Yun entering it, perhaps? So then they each will have their own *hard difficulty* unlock weapon.

Makes sense to me, so Zhao Yun might have to kill this guy etc, and then if you enter as Zhang Fei you have to do this and that on a different stage?

So will the online work like Murasame (however you spell it) Castle? You enter a stage, press online or w/e, then wait to see if another person is also playing that stage? I wonder if you can invite people/have parties so you can actually play with a buddy.
The Special Weapon Hexes are probably unique per character, or like 2-3 characters might share the same Hex.

Basically once you select a Hex it'd give you the list of chars you can use for it.

I'm unsure about Online and can't comment on it.

And I do believe the joining factions in Conquest is just a minor mis-information somewhere down the line. The only joining of factions you might do is at the start of some free battles picking which side you wanna fight on.
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Awesome detailed info. This is the most important thread on this entire board, and it needs to be kept bumped
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Conquest Mode sounds like a real time sink. To be honest I think I might try Conquest Mode out first with Zhao Yun or somebody just to unlock some battles for training purposes ( and lvling but are there lvls in DW7?) that way I can create a mini free mode training map. Also I wonder where you start off, maybe Luo Yang or perhaps Xu Chang?
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Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:57 pm
Conquest Mode sounds like a real time sink. To be honest I think I might try Conquest Mode out first with Zhao Yun or somebody just to unlock some battles for training purposes ( and lvling but are there lvls in DW7?) that way I can create a mini free mode training map. Also I wonder where you start off, maybe Luo Yang or perhaps Xu Chang?
Far northeast if I remember right.

The old levelup system is in, as you kill officers you get Officer Points (unofficial name) that you spend on Skills for each character in a Skill Tree (that's how you unlock Musous/EX attacks). They also drop permanent stat buffs to attack, defense, and life based on the combos you used on them.

I'll definitely play Conquest first myself, as excited as I am for Kingdom Mode, Conquest is looking a-freaking-mazing.
Edited by Shadowclaimer, Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:14 pm.
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