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When I get to the insult sword-fighting stage of The Secret of Monkey Island, do I have to learn every single insult and comeback in order to beat the Sword Master?

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You fight like a dairy farmer. –  Gnoupi Jul 8 '10 at 21:42
How appropriate... –  Daniel LeCheminant Jul 9 '10 at 16:19

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Thankfully no, you don't have to learn them all. It is a bit tedious to get all the comebacks.

This is because to beat the Sword Master you only need to do comeback for a subset of all the insults. But it requires some luck.

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Thankfully? They were funny enough to learn all IMHO –  Zommuter Jul 14 '10 at 14:33
Oh don't get me wrong, the comebacks are all funny; but I wish it was equally funny to aquire them in the game. Only about 2-3 pirates respawn at a time, some more frequent than others, and chances are it'll take a long while to get the last ones. –  Spoike Oct 9 '10 at 8:12
In fact, some of the Sword Master's insults have multiple valid comebacks, so even if you haven't learnt the "correct" response to an insult, you might be able to use an alternate one. –  hammar Dec 20 '11 at 18:56

IIRC no, you'll be able to beat the Sword Master once you have learned a certain quantity of insults, but you don't need all of them.

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No, you can fight the sword master without knowing all the comebacks. It's all a matter of luck which insults she throws at you.

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