Press SHIFT + 6 during game play to quick save. Then, press SHIFT + 5 to quick load. When you do this, your health and Ki will double. This is useful when you are low on health and do not want to wait in the shrine room.
When you see a Boss amongst the other guards it has, kill the guards then aim your attacks on the Boss. Almost kill the Boss, leaving a small amount of life. Save the game, then kill him. If he does not drop a unique (blue colored) item, press SHIFT + 5 to reload your saved game, then kill him again. Each Boss does carry a unique item, but only has a 1% or 2% chance to drop it. Keep repeating this process until it happens. It may be irritating, but most of the time the outcome is worth it. This trick is especially useful when in the DarkWarlord's Property (blue line on the map). Once such item that can be obtained this way is an Imperial Harpoon with the following statistics:
Confusion Imperial Harpoon Of The Kumo Dmg: 55-83 Dur: 85/85 Min Str: 165 Min Dex: 120 Min Lvl: 25 3 Magic Slots Left Increased Durability +40 To Strength +40 To Charisma 35% Health Leech 75% To Knockback Earth Elemental Damage 28-84 Lightning Elemental Damage 4-10 Poison Elemental Damage 8-27
The Bishomen Spear is a somewhat powerful weapon. It only has 30 damage, but has 2 to 5 Element Damage of every element. To get the first piece of the Bishomen Spear you must go through the Caverns Of The Ancients. Find the exit to the southeast slope. You must use Benkei (fat character who is the best with polearm and spear class weapons) to obtain them. You must look for three rocks. Each is located on different parts of the southeast slope. Attack them, but be aware that every time you obtain a part a unique monster will try to defeat you and bring it back to Zanshin. The monster that most commonly appears is a Bach Yori (a member of the Wolf Clan). The last one is always random. Brick can only use this weapon.
Save the game at any point. Hold ALT and press TAB to switch to the Windows Desktop. Go into "My Computer/C:/Sierra". Right click the the "Sierra" folder. Then go to "Send To" and "Compressed Folder". You should see a folder appear that looks like a folder with a zipper. Hold ALT and press TAB to switch back to the game. Throw down the item that you want to duplicate. Save the game again and go back out. Go to your "Compressed Folder" and go into "Characters". Highlight everything in this area then hold CTRL and press C to copy those items. Go back into the actual "Sierra" folder, then go into "Characters". Hold CTRL and press V to paste those files. Switch back to the game. While holding SHIFT, press 5 to reload your earlier save. Go into your inventory if it is not already displayed. You should now have the item you threw on the ground back in your inventory. However, the same item is also on the ground.