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For the Shogun: Total War faction, see Shimazu. For the successor to this faction in Fall of the Samurai, see Satsuma.

Shimazu
Shimazu Mon
Shimazu Clan Mon
Daimyō Shimazu Takahisa
Color Dark Gold/Dark Green
Playable Yes
Appears in Grand Campaign
Emerges in Satsuma Province
Bonuses Loyalty for generals, Katana Samurai & Heroes

The Shimazu are a major playable faction in Shogun II: Total War.

Faction Select descriptionEdit

The Shimazu are a proud clan, with a long history worthy of their pride. They can trace their ancestry back to the Minamoto, the founders of the Kamakura shogunate. Their strengths are the ones of any old clan: their samurai and obedience to Bushido. To the Shimazu, loyalty is everything, and their generals are less likely to develop ambitions of their own. Shimazu Katana Samurai are cheaper to recruit and maintain in the field than those of other clans; they can also recruit superior katana-armed samurai. Loyalty, Bushido, and the brave samurai are powerful assets for an ambitious warlord seeking to be shogun...

In-game Encyclopedia descriptionEdit

The Shimazu are a proud clan, with a long history worthy of their pride. To the Shimazu, loyalty is everything, and their generals are less likely to develop ambitions of their own. Shimazu katana samurai are cheaper to recruit and maintain in the field than those of other clans; they can also recruit superior katana-armed samurai. The clan can trace its ancestry back to Minamoto Yoritomo, the founder and first shogun of the Kamakura shogunate. In 1187, Yoritomo appointed his son, Tadahisa, as military governor of southern Kyushu. The young man took the name of Shimazu in Hyuga province, his seat of government, as his own. Thanks to a well-organised army and administration, abundant local resources, and a certain distance between Kyushu and the Kamakura court, the Shimazu clan became rich and powerful. They did not, however, become hidebound: when their vassals in Tanegashima met a strange, shipwrecked people from the other side of the world, the Shimazu were quick to see that trade with these nanban Europeans might be worthwhile. Now, under the daimyo Shimazu Takahisa, the clan has a chance for true greatness. Their home province of Satsuma is secure, and they are at peace with the Sagara of Higo province to the north. Higo, however, is a tempting target for expansion because of the warhorses to be found there. There is the small matter of a war with the Ito clan in the provinces of Osumi and Hyuga, but once these local difficulties are resolved the distance from Kyushu to the shogun's palace is not so great after all

General InformationEdit

The Shimazu Clan starts the campaign in an excellent position, at the south-west corner of Japan. From here, few factions can mount an attack on it, and it is also has immediate access to the majority of trade nodes in the game. This gives the Shimazu Clan great money-making potential, particularly if it seizes more of Kyushu and gains access to more ports.

Militarily, the Shimazu Clan has superior katana samurai thanks to its clan traits. Additionally, Shimazu Clan (along with the Date Clan) is one of the only playable factions that can immediately recruit katana samurai, and the Shimazu home region has an blacksmith, granting units +1 attack and +1 armor. This gives Shimazu armies a powerful early game advantage over their rivals: no other faction in Kyushu has access to blacksmiths initially.

The Shimazu Clan is also blessed with an excellent family tree. While its daimyo is fairly average, being 31 years old and having +1 attack and morale for its unit as well as a -2% chance of being assassinated, he has three sons, all of which are fairly close to coming of age. Finally, the Shimazu Clan's generals have increased loyalty thanks to their clan traits, so they are less likely to betray the Shimazu Clan.

Clan TraitsEdit

  • Increased loyalty for all generals.
  • Reduced recruitment costs and upkeep for Katana Samurai.
  • Can recruit superior Katana Heroes.
  • Can recruit superior Katana Samurai.

Initial InformationEdit

  • Generals – Shimazu Takahisa (Daimyo), Tanegashima Tomokata
  • Admirals – None
  • Religion – Shinto-Buddhist
  • Protectorates – None
  • Allies – None
  • Trade Partners – Sagara
  • At War – Ito
  • Military Units – (2x) Generals Bodyguard, Yari Samurai, (2x) Yari Ashigaru, Bow Ashigaru
  • Navy Ships – None
  • Agents – None
  • Treasury – 4000

Clan BonusesEdit

  • Reduced recruitment costs and upkeep for katana samurai
  • Can recruit superior katana heroes
  • Can recruit superior katana samurai
  • Increased loyalty for all generals

RegionsEdit

MilitaryEdit

First Army
Second Army

Sagami Garrison


Victory Conditions Short CampaignEdit

Become Shogun by capturing and holding Kyoto. Also Capture 25 Provinces including; Bungo, Higo, Hyuga, Osumi, Satsuma and Kyoto by the end of the Winter 1580 turn.

Victory Conditions Long CampaignEdit

Become Shogun by capturing and holding Kyoto. Also capture 40 provinces including; Bungo, Higo, Hyuga, Osumi, Satsuma and Kyoto by the end of the Winter 1600 turn.

ItemsEdit

See List of items available to the Shimazu Clan.

GalleryEdit

VideoEdit

Shogun 2 Total War Shimazu Intro

Shogun 2 Total War Shimazu Intro

Shimazu Intro

Shogun 2 Total War Shimazu Death

Shogun 2 Total War Shimazu Death

Shimazu Death

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