In the Ultimate Battles mode, which is unlocked after you complete the game for the first time, you play a series of challenges. Completing all the challenges rewards you with a Fenghuang cannon at max power (223) for use during the main game or the premium adventure (Bakumatsu tour).
Destroy all the scarecrows. You have 3 minutes to destroy them all. Another easy one. Just switch to Wild Dance (up directional button) and mash the square button against all enemies. There are 2 golden scarecrows that require you to use the triangle attack (pistol) because they are behind cover.
Also, you have just 1 hit point in this, yet you do not die when you take any hits (from red scarecrows). I don't know if that's a bug or if they did it on purpose, but whatever...
Achieve a battle rank of "Peerless". The battle ranks are the screens you see after winning a fight. You are graded based on what you do in the fight (for example, dodging enemy attacks boosts up your rank, as does using heat actions, but each thing only works a few times before it stops giving you rank boosts).
The battle ranks go from Amateur - Expert - Master - Grandmaster - Hero - Veteran - Peerless.
First, dodge enemy attacks 2 times to get your rank up to Expert. Your timing has to be quite precise for it to count. Then dodge a third time to get up to Master. Dodging enemy attacks after this has no effect on rank.
Next, switch to Wild Dance (up directional button) and use the square attack to get a 5 hit combo, then STOP. Then get a 10 hit combo and STOP to advance to the Grandmaster rank. Then get a 20 hit combo and stop to advance to Hero. It won't count if you just get 20 straight away. You have to do it in stages.
Next, use a heat action to advance to Veteran. Then use another 2 DIFFERENT heat actions (won't work if you use the same one more than once) to get to Peerless.
You'll know if you advance to peerless rank, because you'll see a gold rank show up at the top right area of the screen. If you do not see it after doing another 2 heat actions, try another one. If you still don't see it then something may have gone wrong earlier on (during the dodging or combo).
After all that, finish off the enemies in whatever way you like.
Defeat the Red Ninja, the Yellow Ninja and the Blue Ninja in that order. You are not allowed to damage any other enemies.
There's no time limit and the enemies hardly do any damage to you, so there's no need to rush this. Just follow the Ninja around until they are clear of other enemies and try to sneak a few punches inbetween their jumps.
Get to the destination within the 50 second time limit.
Ryoma can't sprint for very long before he gets tired. Follow the route in the picture below and sprint as often as you can and this shouldn't be a problem.
Collect 10 eggs while running from chickens.
The red dots on the map below indicate egg locations. Make sure the chickens don't touch you or you lose!
Lose the Shinsengumi and get to the destination within the 2 minute time limit.
There are LOADS of Shinsengumi guys wandering around so it's tricky. Follow the route on the map below and you should be able to get to the goal without too much trouble.
If you are still being chased by the time you get right near the finish, there is a palanquin right next to the final corner (to the right of the finish area) you can jump into. Just turn the corner and jump into the palanquin.
Get to the destination without being seen.
A tricky one, since you cannot be seen by any of the Shinsengumi members. You have upgraded sprint for this one. Use the map below:
1- Sprint as fast as you can to this area from the starting point. If you go too slow you will be seen by a patrolling Shinsengumi soldier in the top left area.
When you get here, stop and wait for the Shinsengumi soldier patrolling the main street to walk past, then follow him slowly (don't get too close). He will walk past location number 2 on the map above and cross the bridge to the left hand side.
2- Stop here and wait for the Shinsengumi soldier patrolling the street on the right hand side of the map (your left hand side when the camera is facing towards the docks) to face the other way.
3- There is a Shinsengumi soldier patrolling between the bottom of the main street and the finish location. Wait for him to head towards the finish location and follow him slowly. If necessary, there is a palanquin here at location 3.
4- Follow the Shinsengumi soldier till this point and then jump in the barrel. Wait for the guy to walk back to the bottom of the main street, jump out of the barrel when he has passed you and then go to your destination.
There is a Shinsengumi soldier standing around near the docks just by the destination, but all he does is stand around looking out into the sea, so you don't need to worry about him too much.
Catch the Supreme Shogun!
This guy is outrageously fast. If he gets too far away from you, you lose.
See the map below (it's not clear on the map, but you start by running to the right of the start location, not up):
The red line indicates where the Shogun runs, so follow the white line instead, through the shortcut and you can catch him just before you get to the starting location.
Sprint as often as you can and cut corners as quickly as possible.
It's not easy to catch him, but there is no time limit on this, so you can keep going until you win.
Defeat The Masked Man, The Man in White Clothes, and 8 tough enemies in a row. Your health restores by 25% each round.
It's pretty easy to take out the first 2 guys with the pistol fighting style (spam the square attack). The fight with the 8 guys is another story... The guy with the hammer has not come here to mess around - if he hits you he WILL fuck you up. He does some serious damage, so stay well clear of him. Using the heat gauge you built up from the first 2 rounds, use the Wild Dance "Crowd Dispersion" heat attack as much as you can. Focus on taking out all enemies except the guy with the hammer (using heat actions and square attacks) but watch out for the hammer guy! After taking out everyone else, use the pistol style to take out the hammer guy from distance (but for the love of god, dodge roll backwards if he gets too close or starts attacking).
Defeat the Komuso, Thomas Glover, and 10 British Soldiers plus a Bear in a row. Your health restores by 25% each round.
Defeating the Komuso and Thomas Glover is, again, pretty simple with the pistol. But... Holy fucking shit, if you are not prepared for the final fight you WILL get your ass handed to you almost instantly. AS SOON as the final fight starts, switch to Wild Dance and go over to a group of British soldiers and use the Crowd Dispersion heat action, like in the first challenge. Do this again to the other group and most of them should be taken out (you really do have to act fast though, you cannot fuck around admiring your work after taking out the first group). Finish any remaining soldiers with the square attacks (but watch out for that bear!). Take out the bear from distance with the pistol style.
Defeat Takeda, Harada, and Ito in a row. Your health restores by 25% each round.
Compared to the first 2 challenges, this is extremely easy. They can all be taken down pretty easily with the pistol fighting style (square spam).
Defeat Okita, Nagakura and Kondo in a row. Your health restores by 25% each round.
Again, like the previous challenge, easy compared to the first 2, but more difficult than the 3rd challenge (because the bosses themselves are tougher). Can all be taken out fairly easily with the pistol style.
Defeat Yoshida, Tokugawa, Okada, Katsura, Saigo, Akimoto, Sasaki, and Takechi in a row.
Unlike the previous challenges, your health does not restore after each fight.
You are forced to use hand-to-hand style against Saigo, but for everyone else just use the pistol style (got to love how broken that style is when you spam square). Be as careful as you can to avoid taking damage. There is no time limit, so there's no need to rush.
If you want to use heat actions, be careful, because some of the bosses have a quick-time event before you can pull off the heat action and if you fail it you will take a lot of damage.
The first fight is simple - use the pistol square attack and keep your distance - watch out for his swings.
In the second fight, watch out for the 2nd phase of the battle, because he starts throwing shit at you, which will lose you some health.
The Okada fight is another case of spamming square and keeping your distance.
Same again with Katsura, but be careful because the room is quite small.
The Saigo fight takes a while, but be as careful as you can and you won't lose much (if any) health - dodge his attacks and throw a few square attacks to chip away at his health.
The Akimoto fight is easy, even though the room is small. Just barrage him with square attacks and stay away from him.
Sasaki is another case of spamming square and keeping your distance.
For the final fight, Takechi, I certainly hope you saved as much health as possible. The first phase is easy - just spam square pistol attacks as usual. In the second phase it's very difficult to avoid taking damage, since he uses the Wild Dance style and will shoot at you with his pistol. The final phase shouldn't be much trouble - keep spamming square.