Imperial China Live A Live Guide: How to Recruit and Train Followers

The Imperial China chapter of Live A Live is one of the most exciting vignettes from an RPG perspective. Featuring a healthy mix of dialogue and combat, Imperial China’s gimmick comes in the form of a training system. Imperial China puts you in the role of Earthen Heart Shifu, a kung fu master. You’ll start out alone, quickly gathering a group of characters as the chapter progresses. Earthen Heart Shifu’s level is maxed out, which means any progression is limited to recruitable disciples. Our guide covers tips and tricks for this chapter, including which disciples you should focus on.

How to Recruit All Disciples in Imperial China

When you start the chapter, there are three critical explorable screens, which can be tackled in any order. We’ll follow our chosen order of recruiting disciples, but again, it’s OK to go another route.

Hong Hakka

Hong Hakka can be found at Yunfa Market in the eastern part of the map. After entering the market, a scene plays out in which Hong Hakka is chased by a restaurant owner for stealing food. After this exchange, the restorer asks you to take care of the thief. Tell him you’re going to talk to the man, which triggers a one-on-one battle. Hong Hakka becomes your disciple after defeating him.

Lei Kugo

After recruiting Hong Hakka, exit Yunfa Market. From there, head to the west side of the map, leading you to the Bamboo Forest. As you walk through the bamboo forest, you will see someone gradually moving in and out between the foliage. In the bamboo forest, don’t forget to interact with the glistening clumps of grass. You will need a Nature’s Providence to progress through the story. After reaching a certain point in the forest, Lei Kugo comes out of the shadows and confronts you. When she asks for money, tell her you have nothing to offer. This starts a fight. Lei Kugo becomes your disciple after defeating her.

Yun Jou

Now head to Wong Village, located at the southern end of the map. After handing over Nature’s Providence to the lady of Wong’s village, a young man snatches some money from Shifu. Go after him and ask the guard blocking your path to forgive you. In doing so, you are tasked with fighting Sun Tzu Wang and two of his lackeys. After winning the fight, Yun Jou begs you to become a disciple.

How to Train Your Followers

The formation opens after the three disciples (Hong Hakka, Lei Kugo, and Yun Jou) have been recruited. We recommend training Lei Kugo due to his long range abilities. While the other Disciples have their strengths, Lei’s range makes him an invaluable asset against many foes in the final chapter. The training itself is as simple as winning a one-on-one fight. Each time you defeat a Disciple, the character gains experience points and receives additional bonuses in the following stats: Physical Defense. The rapidity. Physical attack. The training takes place over a three-day period, with each day focusing on a specific stat. Shifu can participate in four fights per day, which translates to a total of 12 practice matches. Following our recommendation, you can safely use all 12 fights on Lei. This makes the last dungeon of the chapter much easier while setting you up for the final good chapter. Even though Lei is getting stronger and stronger, all fights can be undone by spamming Wise Fox’s Grace. By spamming Grace from Wise Fox, Lei barely had a chance to attack. Disciples can also learn Shifu’s movements. Using a skill on a character in a practice match teaches that skill to a disciple. While you want your follower to learn every move possible, this isn’t necessary, even for optional endgame content. If you need to learn skills, we recommend Monkey’s Withdrawal and Wise Fox’s Grace. Monkey Pullback deals damage while catapulting you back a few steps. It’s a valuable safety net when you’re overwhelmed. Wise Fox’s Grace is a short-range, medium-damage attack that can tie up enemies’ hands and feet. This can potentially save you from devastating attacks. Even if no restriction is applied, it deals reasonable damage.

Can you save all followers of Imperial China?

Unfortunately, there is no way to save the three disciples of Imperial China. No matter how this section plays out, only one character will remain standing. The only surviving character is always the strongest disciple after training. Once this training part is over, the Earthen Heart Shifu will have to face Sun Tzu Wang on his own. Returning to the cabin, he will find that it has been attacked, with only the strongest disciple surviving. And that’s all you need to know about recruiting and building disciples in the Imperial China chapter of Live a Live. While you can’t save them all, focus on Lei Kugo and you’ll be ready for what’s to come.

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