Melee unit |
The Japanese unique unit.
Quick - Regular - Epic - Marathon
- Special traits:
- Shock I promotion
- Great Generals II promotion
- May build Fishing Boats while Embarked
The legendary Japanese Samurai are one of the most deadly units before the Industrial Era. They not only fight better than anyone else on open terrain, but also help produce Generals a lot faster than other units. Use them to gain combat advantage during the Medieval and Renaissance Eras.
As if that weren't enough, as of the Fall 2013 Patch, they can also build Fishing Boats on appropriate resources when Embarked!
Emerging in the 12th century, the samurai were a warrior caste sworn to follow the code of Bushido, which held bravery, honor, and loyalty as its chief virtues. The samurai owed allegiance to a feudal lord, who in turn owed them weapons, food, and lodging; similar to the landed knights of Europe. Although the quality of Japanese iron ore was markedly inferior to its European counterpart, the smiths of the Shoguns learned to work steel with considerably greater skill, leading to blades of nearly equal strength and sharpness. Only Samurai were allowed to wield these katana, turning the curved blades into symbols of status and power.
The Samurai were completely dominant for a few hundred years over Japan's military, before the influence of the Portuguese and gunpowder allowed arquebus-equipped Ashigaru (peasant) infantry to be developed which completely changed the face of war in Japan. However, at the beginning of the Edo Period in which Japan entered a period of isolation, all firearms and instructions to build them were destroyed, leading to the reinstitution of the samurai. Still, as Japan was unified and completely at peace, the samurai did little other than write poetry before Japan was brought into the Industrial age by the Meiji restoration which abolished the Samurai class and the feudal system completely.