|Matchlock Warrior Monks|
|Appears in||Total War: Shogun 2|
|Belongs to||Ikko Ikki|
|Soldiers in each unit||30/60/90/120|
|Produced from||Jodo Shinshu Monastery, Gunsmith|
|Cost||750 SP/750 MP|
|Turns to Train||2|
Matchlock Warrior Monks are a type of matchlock infantry in Total War: Shogun 2.
Warrior monks armed with matchlocks that fire devastating massed volleys into enemy ranks.
A warrior of unshakable faith can be very dangerous: he has no fear of death because his cause is righteous and he serves a higher purpose. Warrior monks are men of such faith, with strong morale, and they are especially dangerous when armed with matchlock guns.
The guns are fired in volley and, when combined with the monk’s accuracy in aiming, have a devastating effect on any enemy. The matchlock warrior monks must be wary of cavalry attacks, as slow reloading times can leave them vulnerable in melee.
During the Sengoku Jidai, warrior monks were a threat to the ruling samurai. Individuals did not have to be ordained to become warrior monks: they simply had to have the right level of fanatical devotion to fight for their beliefs. Oda Nobunaga, in his mission to unify Japan, fought long and hard against the warrior monk sects and, in 1570 at the battle of Ishiyami Honganji, his army was left reeling by their powerful arquebus volleys.
Warrior monks became well known for their expertise in firearms, the Negoroji sect in particular. This was due to their early adoption of European weapons and regular competitive training in using them. In fact, some devoted more time to practicing with their guns than to their religious studies!
Strengths & Weaknesses
- Good range but shorter than bow units.
- Devastating damage.
- High accuracy, reload rate and morale.
- Vulnerable to cavalry and in melee.
Unique to the Ikko Ikki, Matchlock Warrior Monks are the only warrior monks in Total War: Shogun 2 to use gunpowder weapons. Like other gunpowder units, they are well suited to fighting more heavily armored units. They compare most similarly to the Matchlock Samurai, but with superior range (thanks to their Increased Range ability), better accuracy, reload skill, and morale, but poorer melee attack and armor. They have better accuracy and reload skill than any other matchlock infantry except Portuguese Tercos and Tokitaka’s Tanegashima. Their poor armor, their fairly low number of men per regiment, and their relatively short range when compared to bows make Matchlock Warrior Monks particularly vulnerable to arrow fire; in addition, while they have better melee stats than some other matchlock troops, they are still far inferior to melee troops and suffer if their gunfire fails to ward off such units.