One new feature is he became interested in a crypto-zoological newspaper, which can give hints on how to find rare monsters. Other issues can be found elsewhere in the castle.
Most basic weapon types in their class are available in Hammer's shop, which can be fused into greater weapons at Yoko's shop. Some more advanced weapons can also be found. Of note is several kinds of throwing weapons and guns that cannot be fused are now available at the shop.
Soma Cruz: So, the cult's base is here. Hammer's info wasn't so iffy after all. ???: Gahaha! You doubted my word?!
(Hammer shows up) Soma Cruz: H-Hammer? What are you doing here?
(Hammer draws closer to Soma) Hammer: What, are ya dense? Who told ya 'bout this place? Wait, it was me. Soma Cruz: Well, yeah, but... Hammer: Hey, you got your mind on doin' somethin' wicked, huh? I want in, buddy.
(Hammer blushed) Hammer: And, hey, what happened to that pretty little lady? You remember, right? Soma Cruz: You mean Yoko? She's not coming. In fact, I haven't told a soul.
(Hammer is disappointed with what he heard) Hammer: Huh? She ain't comin'? Well, why not?!
(Hammer then looks Soma straight) Hammer: Aw, man... Well, since I'm here, I'd better make the best of it. I guess I'm back in business, and you're my customer! Soma Cruz: Hammer, look, I'm saying this for your own good. You really should
leave. Hammer: Can't do that, I'm afraid. I know when someone's in trouble and I'm not just gonna leave ya here. Soma Cruz: Okay... I appreciate it. Hammer: I'll scope out the area and find a spot to set up shop. See ya around!
(Hammer walks away but still disappointed) Hammer: Man, why wouldn't he just tell her about this...?
Hammer: Hey, welcome. So whadaya think? Not a bad shop, hey? Soma Cruz: Of all the weirdest places to set up a shop... Hammer: Have a look around and don't be so cheap! Soma Cruz: ??
(Hammer blushed) Hammer: Yoko's in the area. I saw her earlier. She must've come after me. Soma Cruz: That's not it. Hammer: Geez! You sure are quick to put a man down, aren't ya? Soma Cruz: She's here to investigate this cult, she said. Hammer: Well, whatever the case, I can tell you I'm a lot more motivated this time. Soma Cruz: (Didn't you come to back me up?) Hammer: Anyway, look around and buy somethin' already!
Hammer: Soma? You came at the right time. Soma Cruz: ? Hammer: I just got a new magazine in today, "UMA News." It's about real monsters. I think it's got news about this area, too. It's gotta be good. Soma Cruz: I'll buy it if I feel like it. Hammer: Hey, but watch out. Don't you dare read it in my shop. These things sell info. If you look at it for free, it's the same as stealing. Soma Cruz: I know that. Hammer: Okay, as long as you get that through your head. It's released every so often, so check in to see if a new issue's arrived. Soma Cruz: Okay. Hammer: So, wanna buy it now?
Hammer: Hey, Soma. Soma Cruz: Yeah? Hammer: That old guy. What's his name? You know... Soma Cruz: You mean Julius? Hammer: Yeah, yeah, Julius. He seems to come around to see Yoko a lot. Do you think...? Soma Cruz: Of course he comes around. Yoko is Julius's contact. Hammer: Uh... You're right! I'm letting my mind get the better of me. Man, gotta snap out of it! Anyway, how can I help ya today?
Hammer: Soma? When we get out of this, we should throw a party. You bring Mina, okay? Soma Cruz: What? A party? Hammer: Yeah, and you know, you can invite Yoko, too. So you can be with Mina.
(Hammer blushed) Hammer: And I... Soma Cruz: Quit daydreaming and get back to work. Hammer: Yeah, yeah. You have no sense for romance at all... Soma Cruz: ...
Good Ending (Soma and Arikado watch the castle crumbling down)
Genya Arikado: It's finally over. We're finished here. Let's go. Soma Cruz: ... Genya Arikado: Soma, what's wrong? Soma Cruz: Tell me. Just what is the dark lord? Genya Arikado: What Celia told you wasn't necessarily wrong. The dark lord is the entity opposite to god. Soma Cruz: Then that means there will always be a need for a dark lord. All because I ducked out from becoming the next in line! Genya Arikado: Don't misconstrue me! Perhaps there is a need for the dark lord... But there is no reason at all for you to become the dark lord. Soma Cruz: But if it weren't for me, none of this would have happened! Genya Arikado: You're neither a god nor a demon. You're only human. You have no chance at ever achieving perfection. Or are you saying you want to be the dark lord? Soma Cruz: No... Of course not. Genya Arikado: Then stay true to that. Look.
(Yoko, Julius, and Hammer is shown not far from them) Genya Arikado: There are people waiting for you. Don't break their hearts. Soma Cruz: Everyone... Julius Belmont: You kept your promise. Yoko Belnades: Welcome back, Soma. Hammer: Looks like you're all done! Your face says it all. Soma Cruz: Arikado... You're right...
(Mina arrives) Soma Cruz: Mina! What are you doing here?
(Soma rushes toward Mina) Mina Hakuba: What do you mean? I was so worried... Soma Cruz: Oh, Mina, I'm sorry. Don't cry. Mina Hakuba: Gotcha! Welcome back, Soma. Julius Belmont: Poor Soma. She'll have you wrapped around her finger. Yoko Belnades: Oh, without a doubt. Hammer: I'd like to be wrapped around Yoko's finger... Soma Cruz: Wh-What are you saying? We're not like that!
(Yoko, Julius, and Hammer laugh) Mina Hakuba: Th-That's right! Julius Belmont: No need to be bashful, you two. Genya Arikado: If the world needs a dark lord, it will emerge. Even if it's not you, Soma...