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This article is about the civilization in Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. For the other appearances of the faction in the series, see Japanese.
Civilization Tech Tree Strategy
Samurai real
The Samurai provides the backbone of a Japanese army and follows a strict code of honor, known as the Bushido. Most of Japan was divided into regions controlled by lords or Daimyos which led them to battle instead of the emperor.
KingsIcon Age of Empires II
Architectural StyleEast Asian
ClassificationInfantry & Naval (pre-Forgotten), Balanced (Forgotten onwards)
Unique UnitsSMURI Samurai
Preferred StrategiesInfantry Flush, Galley Rush, Booming, Fast Castle, Springboard (as the springboard)
TechnologiesCastleAgeUnique Yasama
Unique-tech Kataparuto
MapsLand & Water
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The Wonder of the Japanese, the Tōdai-ji

The Japanese are an East Asian civilization situated on the island of Japan featured in Age of Empires II as an infantry based civilization, with their infantry possessing the fastest attack speed in the game. They are the descendants of the Yamato civilization, which inhabited the same island. The Japanese civilzation is based on Feudal Japan which was dominated by the powerful regional families (daimyō) and the military rule of warlords (shōgun) which stretched from 1185 to 1868. The Samurai were the elite class in Japanese society and required dozens of years of training. The Samurai were armed with a Katana, an extra-sharp, thin bladed longsword, a Wakizashi, a shorter version of the Katana and sometimes a Tantō. These soldiers served the lord and fought for them based on the strict Bushido honor code. To reflect their high rank and prestige of the Japanese warrior class and their association with the ninja, a covert agent, Japanese infantry attack faster.


The Japanese are an infantry civilization and so they have very strong infantry. The Japanese rely on their infantry and naval warfare, but not as much on their cavalry, which are somewhat weaker. To reflect their high rank and prestige of the Japanese warrior class, Japanese Barracks can create Champions, Halberdiers and all upgrades from Barracks and Blacksmith are available, plus their infantry's attack rate is increased. Their unique unit is the Samurai, a strong and fast-attacking infantry which is very effective against other enemy unique units in melee combat, with the exception of the War Elephant and the Teutonic Knight. Being an island civilization, the Japanese were renowned fishermen and had a powerful navy. This is reflected in the fact that they have a very strong naval presence in the game, with +50% Galley line of sight and double Hit Points for Fishing Ships, with their work rate improved every Age. The Japanese's navy is quite powerful with all the ships and upgrades available except Heavy Demolition Ship. The Siege Workshop units are somewhat weaker, but they have very good Trebuchets. The Japanese were known for woodworking and mining so they have a discount bonus in lumber camps and mining camps.

Unique Unit: Samurai (infantry unit good against unique units)
Unique Technologies: Yasama (Towers fire extra arrows), Kataparuto (Trebuchets fire and pack faster)
Wonder: Todai-ji

Civilization Bonuses Edit

Changes in The ConquerorsEdit

Changes in The ForgottenEdit

Changes in African KingdomsEdit

  • Yasama cost changed from 400w/300f to 300w/300f
  • Initially cannot research Treadmill Crane. With patch 4.8, it was added to their technology tree.

Language (Japanese)Edit

Japanese Units in game speak in modern Japanese.

  • Hai はい  (Yes)
  • Ii yo  いいよ  (Alright)
  • Nani? 何?  (What?)
  • Watashi?  私?  (Me?)
  • Ore?  俺?  (Me? - masculine)
  • Nan da 何だ?  (What is it?)
  • Hai hai  はい はい  (Yes yes)
  • Iki masu  行きます  (I go)
  • Wakari mashita  分かりました  (Understood)
  • Gyoi ni 御意に  (As you like)
  • Ha! はっ!  (Yes! - military bearing)
  • Gomeirei wo  ご命令を  (Give me orders)
  • Ōse no tōri 仰せの通り ('As you say!' literally, 'In accordance with your will.')
  • Iza, Sho-bu!  いざ、勝負!  (Now, to the battle!)
  • Sho-chi  承知  (I understand)
  • Iza!  いざ!  (Prepare yourself!)
  • Ki wo kirimasu  木を切ります  (I cut a tree)
  • Shukaku shimasu  収穫します  (I gather)
  • Kari wo shimasu  狩りをします  (I hunt)
  • Sakana wo torimasu  魚を捕ります  (I catch fish)
  • Tagayashimasu  耕します  (I cultivate)
  • Horimasu  掘ります  (I mine)
  • Tatemasu  建てます  (I build)
  • Naoshimasu  直します  (I repair)
  • Ike!  行け!  (Go!)
  • Ikusa ja!  戦じゃ!  (War!)

Japanese Monks and King speak old Japanese.


  • Nan narito 何なりと  (As you wish)
  • Yo kana? 用かな?  (How can I be of use?)
  • Nan jana?  何じゃな?  (What is it?)
  • Tadaima  只今  (At once)
  • Mairi masho  参りましょう (I'm coming)


  • Kurushu nai  苦しゅうない  (Don't hesitate)
  • Nan ja? 何じゃ?  (What is it?)
  • Nozomi wa?  望みは?  (What is your wish?)
  • Nani yo ka?  何用か?  (What is this regarding?)
  • Umu  うむ  (yea)
  • So itaso  そう致そう  (I shall do so)
  • Mairo  参ろう  (I shall go/come)
  • Yokaro  良かろう  (Very well)

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