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 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.
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 hitpoints for Fishing Ships, with their work rate improved every Age. 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 Persian War Elephant and the Teutonic Knight. 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 and if they fail, they would perform seppuku which was a ritual suicide. 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. Their infantry's attack rate is sequentially raised every Age. The Japanese were also known for woodworking and mining, represented by their cheaper resource gathering centers. The Japanese relied on their infantry and naval warfare but not as much on their cavalry which are somewhat weaker. Like all East Asian civilizations they are unable to research the Paladin upgrade and they also can not research the Hussar upgrade.
Civilization Bonuses Edit
Japanese Units in game speak in modern Japanese.
Japanese Monks and King speak old Japanese.