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For the japanese in Age of Empires, see Yamato.
For the japanese in Age of Empires III, see Japanese (Age of Empires III).

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.
Age of Empires II
Architectural StyleEast Asian
MapsLand & Water
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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.

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

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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)
  • Go-Meirei wo  ご命令を  (Give me orders)
  • Iza, Sho-bu!  いざ、勝負!  (Now, we will decide the victor!)
  • Sho-chi  承知  (I understand)
  • Iza!  いざ!  (Prepare yourself!)
  • Ki wo kiri masu  木を切ります  (I cut a tree)
  • Shu-kaku shimasu  収穫します  (I gather)
  • Kari wo shimasu  狩りをします  (I hunt)
  • Sakana wo tori masu  魚を捕ります  (I catch fish)
  • Tagayashi masu  耕します  (I cultivate)
  • Hori masu  掘ります  (I mine)
  • Tate masu  建てます  (I build)
  • Naoshi masu  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)


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